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Understanding depression: A two-part workshop will help women better understand depression

FRISCO – Everyone gets the blues sometimes, but when does it become depression and how long should one wait before getting help?

Jean Ives, an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College who teaches classes on psychology and other mental health issues, will lead a two-part women’s workshop on depression this week.

“Sadness is not the same thing as depression,” Ives said. “Grief is not the same thing as depression.”

Many people experience situational depression – when they lose their jobs or after a divorce or death, for example – but the sadness and grief experienced during situational depression typically eases within a few weeks, Ives said. If those feelings persist and accompany some of the symptoms of depression, it may be time to seek help.

The main symptoms of depression include feeling sad and empty, crying, reduced appetite, headache, chronic pain or fatigue, hopelessness, helplessness, too much or too little sleep and thoughts of death or suicide.

In her workshop, Ives hopes to help women understand depression – whether they are experiencing depression themselves or trying to support a friend suffering from the illness.

“I have page-long lists of things you should and shouldn’t say to depressed people,” she said.

In Tuesday’s workshop, Ives will discuss anxiety, depression and their symptoms. On Thursday, she will help participants learn how, when and where to seek help. Through both workshops, Ives hopes to remove the stigma associated with the illness, she said.

“You’re not crazy or a bad person if you have a depressive illness,” Ives said. “There doesn’t have to be a stigma attached to it. It is an illness like any other sickness is an illness.”

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com

Women’s Workshop

– What: Anxiety and depression

– When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday

– Where: Frisco Recreational Center, 110 Third Ave., just off Main Street.

– For more information, call Terri Tobey at (970) 389-1502

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