Teen Health Course 3

Chapter 4: Mental and Emotional Problems

Student Web Activities - Lesson 1 - Handling Depression

Handling Depression


People often describe depression as a dark cloud of sadness that hangs over their lives that will not go away. Others feel as if a heavy weight is always pulling at them making even ordinary, everyday tasks difficult. However you describe it, depression can be a serious condition with serious consequences if not treated. On the Web site below, you will get the facts about depression – what causes it, the symptoms, and what to do if you experience depression.

Link to explore : PBS Kids It's My Life



  • Start at the Depression—The Big Questions Web site.
  • Click on "What Is It" and read the sections on "Signs and Symptoms," "What Causes It" "Asking for Help," and "Helping a Friend."
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link, create a depression checklist poster that includes information at the bottom on where teens who are concerned about depression can get help.

What is the difference between sadness and and clinical or chronic depression?
What are two different types of clinical depression?
Name three symptoms of major depression that affect physical health.
If a person experiences a tragedy does that mean he or she is sure to suffer from depression?
What types of treatment are available for helping a person with depression?
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