Depression 101

Asking about someone's feelings or thoughts about suicide does not plant the seed. In fact, it feels like a relief.

Sadness may be nature's way of forcing us to retreat and recoup, which is different than a clinical paralyzing depression.

Signs: Psycho motor retardation and loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable, Agitation , Insomnia, Oversleeping, Weight loss/gain, Irritability, Numb, Disconnected.

High level of mortality occurs for the person with severe depression.

Neurocognitive assessment to rule out dementia is often required.

Some cultures (military, etc) value self-reliance. This must be respected.

For the support system: I give you permission to not feel the obligation to cure your loved one's depression.