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In the ring with Depression

DEPRESSION IS: also known as major depressive disorder is a common and serious medical illness that affects you negatively in aspects of your life that could cause long term suffering. It affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act in you day to day living. Fortunately, this like most illnesses, it can be treated.


Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home. Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad low for long periods of time

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide


There are several things people can do to help reduce the symptoms of depression. For many people, regular exercise helps create positive feeling and improves mood. Getting sleep regularly (6-8 hours), eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol (a depressant) can also help reduce symptoms of depression.

Depression is a real illness and help is available. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most people with depression will overcome it. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, a first step is to see your family physician or psychiatrist. Talk about your concerns and request a thorough evaluation. This is a start to addressing your mental health needs.

CHI OFFERS: Group events and weekly engagements to learn to cope with stress and depression

"Depression has been the one thing I’ve dealt with as long as I can remember. Not having my mother growing up I often had questions that now know I will never get. I was raised on may dads side of the family I grew up materialistically spoiled but never truly having the one things I always wanted, My mom. This often sent me into a funk I couldn't explain and no-one understood because life on the outside looked GREAT. This caused an ongoing battle for years with me against myself and everyone that loved me around me because no one could understand how a girl who had "everything" has so much anger and sadness in her, but how could they when I wasn't able to grasp the depth of what was going on either. As I got older, I started to feel like it was something that if controlled and managed as a kid I would be a lot further with it now. For as long as I can remember I’ve had day weeks and months of low vibration and energy. A time where I feel sunk and sorry for myself. These last 5 years of my life being an advocate for mental health I can truly say that doing the work helps. Meditation, prayer, walks and talks all of theses things amonst others CONSISTENTLY combined helps me get through my darkest times." -Breonna Durham

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