Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. It can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, motivation, feelings, and sense of well-being. The core symptom of depression is a loss of interest or a loss of feeling of pleasure in certain activities that usually bring joy to people.
Distress is an aversive state in which a person is unable to completely adapt to stressors and their resulting stress and shows maladaptive behaviors. It can be evident in the presence of various phenomena, such as inappropriate social interaction (e.g., aggression, passivity, or withdrawal).
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HelpGuide: Coping with Depression
When you’re depressed, you can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it.” But this guide to depression help can put you on the road to recovery (can be downloaded as a PDF).
A free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.