Daily Challenge Wednesday May. 09, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Learn about signs and symptoms of depression.

How to do it

Visit the website of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression at http://www.ifred.org/index.... and read the list of typical signs and symptoms of depression.

Why it matters

Although we typically pay close attention to the health of organs like the heart and skin, misconceptions about mental health mean that we may not give the brain the attention it deserves. Depression is a very common and treatable illness that affects millions of people each year - and it has its own signs and symptoms, just as heart disease and skin cancer do. By learning what depression looks like, you will have the tools to potentially recognize it in others or yourself.

Fun fact

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie series, wrote a book about her history of mental illness that later became a one-woman show with the same name: "Wishful Drinking."


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