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Teen Depression: More Than Just Moodiness

Being a teenager can be tough, but it shouldn’t feel hopeless. If you have been feeling sad most of the time for a few weeks or longer and you’re not able to concentrate or do the things you used to enjoy, talk to a trusted adult about depression.

Do I have depression?

  • Do you often feel sad, anxious, worthless, or even “empty”?
  • Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy?
  • Do you get easily frustrated, irritable, or angry?
  • Do you find yourself withdrawing from friends and family?
  • Are your grades dropping?
  • Have your eating or sleeping habits changed?
  • Have you experienced any fatigue or memory loss?
  • Have you thought about suicide or harming yourself?

Depression looks different for everyone. You might have many of the symptoms listed above or just a few.

How do I get help for depression?

You’re not alone, and help is available. You can feel better. To get help:

  • Talk to a trusted adult (such as your parent or guardian, teacher, or school counselor) about how you’ve been feeling.
  • Ask your doctor about options for professional help. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy (also called “talk therapy”), medication, or a combination of medication and talk therapy.
  • Try to spend time with friends or family, even if you don’t feel like you want to.
  • Stay active and exercise, even if it’s just going for a walk. Physical activity releases chemicals, such as endorphins, in your brain that can help you feel better.
  • Try to keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Eat healthy foods.

For immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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