Clinical Depression is a serious illness that can affect anybody, including teenagers. It can affect your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and overall health.

Most people with depression can be helped with treatment. But, most depressed people never get the help they need. And, when depression isn’t treated, it can get worse, last longer, and prevent you from getting the most out of your life. Remember, you’re only a teenager once.

How do I know when I’m depressed?
How can I tell if a friend might be depressed?

First, there are two kinds of depression: The sad kind, called major depression, dysthymia or reactive depression, and manic-depression or bipolar illness, when feeling down and depressed alternates with being speeded-up and sometimes acting reckless.

If you have had several of these symptoms, and they’ve lasted several weeks, or cause a big change in your routine, you should talk to someone who can help, like a psychologist, or your school counselor!

WHEN YOU’RE DEPRESSED..
You feel sad or cry a lot and it doesn’t go away.
You feel guilty for no real reason; you feel like you’re no good; you’ve lost your confidence.
Life seems meaningless or like nothing good is ever going to happen again.
You have a negative attitude a lot of the time, or it seems like you have no feelings.
You don’t feel like doing a lot of the things you used to like– like music, sports, being with friends, going out– and you want to be left alone most of the time.
It’s hard to make up your mind. You forget lots of things, and it’s hard to concentrate.
You get irritated often. Little things make you lose your temper; you overreact.
Your sleep pattern changes; you start sleeping a lot more or you have trouble falling asleep at night. Or you wake up really early most mornings and can’t get back to sleep.
Your eating habits change; you’ve lost your appetite or you eat a lot more.
You feel restless and tired most of the time.
You think about death, or feel like you’re dying, or have thoughts about committing suicide

Mr.B