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Draw, dance, or engage in some other creative activity. Talk about your feelings with your family and friends. Do something nice for someone else. It will take the focus away from you and your feelings. Sometimes, however, these feelings indicate a more serious con- dition known as depression. a prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and sadness , is much stronger than the occasional sad mood and is not as easy to manage. There are two types of depression, depending on the cause of the feeling and the length of time it lasts. Reactive depression is a response to a stressful event, such as the death of a friend. While this type of depression can last longer than a case of the “blues,” most times it eventually goes away as the person finds a way to manage his or her response to the event. Depression Practice replacing self- critical thoughts with more supportive ideas. Start small, such as by smiling, nodding, and greeting people. Speak in a louder voice, and use frequent eye contact. As a listener, ask open-ended questions during conversation. Become more knowledgeable about current events or another area of interest so you’ll have some conversation starters. Practice conversation and positive-thinking skills often. more likely to avoid others. less likely to participate in extracurricular activities. less likely to speak up in class. more likely to have difficulty initiating casual conversations. Someone with social anxiety is: Overcoming Social Anxiety To overcome social anxiety: Social anxiety is the condition of feeling uneasy or extremely shy in certain social circumstances.
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What Would You Do? Write an ending to this scenario in which Karen comforts Sandy and shows her support through strong communication skills. 1. Use “I” messages. 2. Speak calmly and clearly. 3. Listen carefully. 4. Show respect and empathy. Communication: Being a Supportive Friend Sandy and Karen have been friends for a long time. A few days ago, Sandy’s boyfriend and his family moved to another state. On a Friday night, Sandy was feeling especially sad because that was the night she and her boyfriend usually went to the movies. Karen knew Sandy would be feeling this way so she dropped by to offer her support. Sandy was crying in her room when Karen arrived. Karen put her arm around her friend. “I know it’s hard. I’m here if you want to talk.” “He hasn’t even been gone a week and I’m feeling so lost. We always went out on Friday nights. I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” Sandy cried. Major depression is a medical condition requiring treatment. It is more severe and lasts much longer than reactive depression. Major depression may develop from reactive depression, or it may be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain or a genetic tendency. Major depression will be discussed in greater detail in the next chapter.
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