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Suicide Awareness Health Education and Training Program Presented by Carrie Martin, LCSW-C University of Maryland Mental Health Service
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Video The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College A film from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org)
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Some Questions… Why is it important that we talk about depression? Why do you think we have such a hard time talking about depression?
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Symptoms of Depression Sadness or “down” mood Loss of energy/ feeling slowed down Changes in sleep/ appetite Trouble concentrating, indecisiveness Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities Irritability Lack of motivation Feelings of worthlessness or guilt Thoughts of death or suicide
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What Causes Depression Biological Factors: family history, brain chemistry Psychological factors: poor self- esteem, stress, extreme pessimism about future Environmental Factors: difficult life experiences 2 neurotransmitters involved with depression in the brain: seratonin, norepinephrine
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Source: Mark George, M.D. Biological Psychiatry Branch Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH 1993
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Why do so many college students suffer from depression? Greater academic demands Being independent in a new environment Financial responsibilities Feelings of failure / decreased performance Use of alcohol / drugs Issues of Identity Lack of adequate coping skills Preparing for life after graduation
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Three Dimensions of Depression Three Dimensions of Depression Frequency:
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