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Depression is one of the most common precursors to suicide and is often a silent struggle. Depressed individuals can “keep it together” at school or work, but suffer inwardly with an emotional pain that many never see. Approximately 10% of those who have depression commit suicide (1) and for every completed suicide there are estimated to be 25 people who attempt (2). Some of the most common signs of depression include changes in appetite and sleep (increase or decrease), feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, anxiety, and irritability. Managing depression can be especially difficult during childhood and adolescence for several reaso

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Margery Boucher, MA, MS, LPCS North Texas Counseling and Education Center, 2014.