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Mental and Emotional Health. Continued…. Depression. Depression. Words to know Disorders – Disturbance in a normal function of a part of the body. Depression – A very serious mood disorder in which people lose interest in life and can no longer find enjoyment in anything. Depression.

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Words to know

  • Disorders – Disturbance in a normal function of a part of the body.
  • Depression – A very serious mood disorder in which people lose interest in life and can no longer find enjoyment in anything.
  • Misperceptions of Depression
  • “It’s all in their head”
  • They can easily “snap
  • out of it”
  • They can “get over it”
  • It means you are weak
  • Only adults get
  • depression
  • Affects a persons
    • Thoughts
    • Moods
    • Feelings
    • Behavior
    • Physical health
  • What causes it?
    • A medical disorder that has to be diagnosed
    • Chemical imbalance
    • Genetics
    • Stressful life event
    • No identifiable cause
getting help
Getting Help
  • Seek our
    • School Psychologist; Mrs. Root
    • SAY Counselor; Ms. Greene
    • Guidance counselors; Mr. Sullivan and Mrs. Amstutz
    • A parent or trusted adult

Anxiety- A state of uneasiness, usually associated with a future of uncertainty.

Anxiety Disorder- A disorder in which intense feelings of fear keeps a person from functioning normally.

There are several types of anxiety disorders.

  • Panic- A feeling of sudden intense fear.
  • Phobia- an exaggerated fear of a specific situation
  • The intentional taking of one’s own life
  • Second leading cause of death for 10-14 year olds (CDC, 2010)
high risk for suicide
High Risk for Suicide
  • Mood disorders; schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol/substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
warning signs of suicide
Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Sharing suicide plans openly
  • Dropping hints through words and actions
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Lack of interest in school
  • Dramatic changes in the persons appearance
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
  • A sudden change in mood
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs
ways of providing support
Ways of Providing Support
  • Talk to the person
  • Show an interest in the persons problems
  • Ask if they are planning to harm themselves
  • Encourage the person to tell or talk to a trusted adult
  • Never promise to keep suicide plans a secret
self injury mutilation
Self Injury/ Mutilation

Definition: Intentional injury to one’s own body. Usually leaves marks or causes tissue damage.


  • Cutting
  • Burning/Branding
  • Excessive piercing/tattooing
  • Picking at skin/ reopening wounds
  • Hair pulling
  • Head banging, hitting, bone breaking
what leads to self injury
What leads to self injury?
  • Relieves intense feelings, pressure or anxiety
  • Manages pain
  • Asking for help in an indirect way (drawing attention) - trying to manipulate others to care
warning signs of self injury
Warning Signs of Self-Injury
  • Wearing pants/long sleeves in warm weather
  • Possessing lighters, razors, sharp objects
  • Low self- esteem
  • Difficulty handling feelings
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor functioning at work, school, and home