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Understanding Depression and Self Harm

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Depression is a mental disorder that is more severe and longer-lasting than normal sadness. It interferes with parts of your life like work, school and relationships.

The symptoms are not always the same in every person, but can include:

  • sadness that won’t go away
  • boredom
  • irritability or anxiety
  • change in appetite or sleeping habits

Depression can be treated. The treatment may or may not involve medication, but it important to get professional help.

Self-harm is often a behavior that is used to cope with difficult situations. It might:

  • provide a way to express difficult or hidden feelings
  • express the need for help when you're unable to ask for it
  • provide a feeling of control.

Self-harm may bring an immediate sense of relief, but it is not a long-term solution, and it can cause permanent damage to the body by injuring the nerves. 

More about Self-harm




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