Most young people experience ups and downs at times. Sometimes you may feel down about yourself, your future or about the world around you. But some young people feel sad, lonely, down, anxious or stressed for longer periods of time to the point that it can affect their everyday lives and can prevent that young person from doing things they would normally do. This is known as depression.
Depression is an illness with a wide range of symptoms, which are sometimes difficult to recognise or understand.
The signs of depression include:
- not wanting to do things that you normally enjoy
- not wanting to meet up with friends or avoiding situations
- eating or sleeping more or less than normal
- feeling irritable, being snappy, upset, miserable or lonely
- being self-critical
- feeling hopeless, empty, vulnerable or overwhelmed
- maybe wanting to self-harm
- feeling tired and not having any energy that makes even simple tasks or decisions seem very difficult
- crying a lot.
It is important to remember that depression can affect anyone at any age. 5% of teenagers experience depression. Depression can be caused by a reaction to something in your life, it may run in your family or it may be that you are under a lot of stress and feel you have a lack of support.
If you think that you are suffering from depression it is important that you talk to someone and get help. It is easy to treat.
If you want to know more about depression and the help you can get you might find these websites useful: