Daily Challenge Wednesday May. 09, 2012
Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall 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.
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."
- Chris T.Branching
We know so much more today than we did 50 years ago. My mother had 3 nervous breakdowns (do they still use this term?) and my dad had one, so my awareness is first hand. Glad to see the progress we have made in identifying and helping those with all the varying forms of depression.
- Mia L.Growing
I was diagnosed with depression in late 2008 after becomig addicted to pain prescription medication over prescribed for sciatica and other back issues. Fast forward four years later, surviving severe depression, loss of my home, husband and most possessions, I wouldn't take it back for the world. After realizing that no one was going to come and take my hand and save me, I was forced to get up, wipe ...see more
- Alaina W.GrowingLevel 160
I actually had no desire to complete this challenge. I was have a "down" feeling several months ago and I constantly felt terrible and irritable and unhealthy and fat and miserable. So going to a website to learn about depression, not my idea of fun especially with my new daily challenges of exercise and attempting to eat raw vegan foods at least to incorporate into my vegetarian diet.
But ...see more
- Donna T.BlossomingLevel 147
I can't believe I forgot to post on this one (busy day). I have had several family members with depression so I have studied it extensively. Of course, television commercials constantly bombard us with the signs and symptoms of depression, too. I am amazed at the people who still don't get it that this is a medical condition; too many people still think it's a matter of will and that you can just ...see more