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Welcome to the National Guard Family Program eLearning lesson on recognizing depression in a family member. This lesson will introduce you to depression and give you an overview of the signs and symptoms of the illness. Additionally, by addressing the common myths associated with depression, you will be better suited to a respond to a person in an informative way. In addition, the learner will recognize when it is time to make a referral to a professional trained to treat depression. Depression is very treatable, and there are lots of lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on outcomes. Learners will be able to identify their role in providing support and recommendations around life style changes. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to, recall common myths associated with depression, recognize signs and symptoms of depression, and identify and offer supportive intervention to an individual suffering from depression.

Early intervention can help prevent any long-term effects of depression.

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. Despite its prevalence, depression remains one of the most underreported illnesses. Extended periods of time without proper treatment can be harmful to an individual affected by depression. This lesson will define the symptoms of depression to help you determine when to make a referral for behavioral health services and offer suggestions for supportive interventions.  This lesson will also address the facts and myths about depression and some of the unhelpful responses to someone who is feeling depressed.