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
- 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.
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