Depression makes us feel low, sad or sometimes, nothing at all – just heavy and tired. We all feel low or down at times, but if your negative emotions last a long time or feel very severe, you may have depression. Depression is a mood disorder where you feel very down all the time. Depression can happen as a reaction to something like abuse, bullying or family breakdown, but it can also run in families. Depression often develops alongside anxiety.
Depression is one of the most common types of mental illness.
Although it’s hard to feel optimistic when you’re depressed, there is lots of support available to help you feel better.
Being a teenager is extra hard to cope with. Hormones, body changes, relationships, school work can all get on top of us. When low mood becomes extended, severe, and impacts very significantly on our daily life, it may indicate the start of clinical depression.
Feelings of Depression
Here are some examples:
- Loss of a special possession
- Can’t get out of bed
- Feeling lonely
- Feeling no one takes you seriously
- Can’t have fun with my friends and enjoy the things you use to
- Avoid friends
- Parents are arguing
- Feeling isolated
- Break up of a relationship
- Moving house
- Feeling rejected
- Feeling anxious or afraid
- Feel sad all of the time
- Feeling you can never do anything right
- Feeling left out
- The pressure to always do well
- Being bullied
- Lack of friends
- Feeling put upon
- Feeling constantly judged by others
- Can’t sleep. sleeping more or less than normal
- Eating more or less than normal
- Feeling irritable and self-critical
- Lack of family support
- Feeling no-one cares
- Feeling totally helpless
- Maybe wanting to self-harm
Ms Hooton’s Useful Tips:
Depression can affect anyone, and you deserve help to feel better. ASK for help.
Talk to someone you like and trust, like a staff member, relative, counsellor or friend.
You should also see your GP. They may offer to refer you to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), an expert or a psychiatrist who can help you.
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