Depression is a mood disorder that affects the whole person body and mind. Depression can lead to:

  • Withdrawal from people and activities.
  • Loss of pleasure and enjoyment of life.
  • Feeling of sadness, disappointment or loss.
  • Physical discomfort, aches, pains, fatigue, poor digestion, sleep disturbances.

Most people feel down or “blue” now and then, but when these feelings are severe or prolonged the individual needs to get help. Parents can help their children help by contacting the guidance office, their insurance company or Community Mental Health at (616) 794-6592 or in case of emergency call (616) 527-1790.