About Depression

Causes

Depression is not simple. Researchers have identified five different parts of your life that can cause depression or keep it going. (Change by moving the tab.)

Situation

loss of a relationship, conflict, loneliness, poor school performance

Success with goals, new or stronger friendships, less drama

Thoughts

unrealistic negative thinking, unfair self-criticism

thinking about things in a positive, realistic way

Emotions

discouragement, sadness, numbness, emptiness, hopelessness

happy, realistic, encouraged, fulfilled, hopeful

Physical State

poor sleep, low energy, appetite changes, difficulty concentrating

rested, focused, energetic, fulfilled

Actions

pulling away from family and friends, reduced activity, not taking care of yourself

going out with friends, finding stuff to do, getting exercise

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These five parts all affect each other