Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak, or a failure, or isn’t really trying… it means they need TREATMENT.
Most people with depression can be helped with COUNSELING, provided by a professional psychologist, and some are helped with Counseling and Medicine.
COUNSELING, or psychotherapy, means talking about feelings with a trained psychologist who can help you change the relationships, thoughts, or behaviors that are causing the depression. Think about it, you feel depressed because you think your life is bad. What if you’re wrong? What if you’re missing all the good things around you? What if your future holds a lot more promise than you think? When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut, and you can’t see anything good. You need to talk to someone who can help you get out of that rut! Don’t wait, ask your parents, or your school counselor for help today.
MEDICINE is used to treat depression that is severe or disabling. Antidepressant medications are not "uppers" and are not addictive. When depression is so bad that you can’t focus on anything else, when it interferes with your life in an overwhelming way, medication might be necessary, in addition to counseling. But most often, counseling alone is sufficient.
With treatment, most depressed people start to feel better in just a few weeks.
So remember, when your problems seem too big and you’re feeling low for too long,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
There’s help out there and you CAN ask for help. And if you know someone who you think is depressed, YOU CAN HELP. Listen and encourage your friend to ask a parent or a responsible adult about treatment. If you friend doesn’t ask for help soon, talk to an adult you trust and respect– especially if your friend mentions suicide. Your friend’s life is more important than keeping a secret!