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Resource Category: Depression

The leading mental health disability globally, depression is a serious medical illness that can negatively affect feelings, thoughts, and actions.
It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

It’s important to note that while most depression is episodic (a person may go through better periods and worse ones), dysthymia is a form of depression characterized by less severe depressive symptoms over a continuous period lasting multiple years.

Imagine for a moment you live with depression. It is not a family member or loved one who has depression — you are the patient. You are suffering. You are in so much pain and your brain is so ill, you have thoughts of suicide. Next, consider the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: We are commanded to “choose life.” Teshuva, Tefilla and Tzedakah, repentance, prayer and charity, are your ticket to the Book of Life for another year.
On Tisha B’av, every member of the community should recognize the challenges and experience the pain of someone living with depression on a daily basis. And just like on Tisha B’av — where we come together in community to show our support for one another — we should remember to be there for anyone living with depression all year round.