Manifestations of Depression in the Classroom

There is a difference between feeling sad, and feeling or experiencing Depression. Often, we use the term depressed to describe the way we feel in a singular moment “I’m depressed about the way my year book photo turned out”, or “I’m so depressed about the weight I’ve gained”. This term truly should only be used to describe a psychiatric disorder that causes severe, prolonged functional impairments that often negatively impact a child’s ability to develop academically, socially and emotionally. Feeling sad vs. having depression is like the difference between having a sprained wrist and a broken arm. While both painful, these two injuries are vastly different right?

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