Being a teenager often means having lots of emotional ups and downs. School, parents, friends, relationships can be confusing and frustrating – things can be great one minute and horrible the next. Many people believe that sadness is just a normal part of growing up, but teens who feel really down and unhappy for two weeks or more at a time may have depression – in fact about 1 in every 5 teens get depression.
Depression is a “whole-body” illness that involves your body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. Depression is not a sign of weakness, it can’t be wished away, and people with depression cannot just pull themselves together. Without treatment depression can last for weeks, months, or even years. But the good news is: 80% of people who suffer from depression, get better with treatment so there is no need to feel this way.
The key signs and symptoms of depression are:
- Loss of interest in things you like to do
- Sadness that won’t go away
- Irritability or feeling angry a lot
Other signs include:
- Feeling guilty or hopeless
- Feeling tense or worrying a lot
- Crying a lot
- Spending lots of time alone
- Eating too much or too little
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Having low energy or restless feelings
- Feeling tired a lot
- Missing school, daydreaming a lot, or doing badly in school
- Not being able to make decisions or concentrate
- Thinking a lot of dying or killing yourself
For more information, visit www.sadag.org
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