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Here are five facts about the University of Michigan Depression Center.
1. They offer resources for family and friends of those dealing with depression. Visit http://www.depressiontoolkit.org/family-friends-caregivers/ to read strategies for helping a loved one who is working through depression.
2. Support groups are offered for several areas at http://www.depressioncenter.org/patients-visitors/workshops-and-groups/. Support group categories include: Depression and Bipolar Disorder; Survivors of Suicide; College Students; and Military Family Members. Information about group meeting times and locations can be found at the workshops link noted above.
3. The site mentions that "One in six people will experience an episode of depression in their lifetime." Depression often goes underdiagnosed and untreated. Depression may be more common that we think and it does not discriminate.
4. Multiple resources and self-tests are available, including those covering Insomnia, Depression, and a Sleep Assessment. The site cautions you that these are not to replace medical advice, but the self tests may help you to identify if there is an issue.
5. They have news and tips including an article on Seasonal Affective Disorder which is common in the dark, winter months. According to the site, symptoms of SAD include:
- Low mood for most of the day
- Increased sleep
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Difficulty getting along with others
- A heavy feeling in the arms and legs
- In extreme cases, suicidal thoughts
Was this blog informative and/or helpful? Please click to share on your social networks and leave a comment. And if you are suffering from depression, please know you are not alone and resources are available to you.
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