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What are the symptoms of depression?
Symptoms of depression may include feeling sad, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy, spending less time with friends and family, grades dropping in school, change in eating or sleeping habits, loss of energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, drug or alcohol use, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself. If you feel that you or someone you know have depression, talk to a trusted adult or healthcare professional right away.
Is it depression or just regular emotions?
Sadness and grief are normal responses to difficult times in life. They can come and go. Depression lasts longer. It lasts for 2 or more weeks and gets in the way of daily activities. Depression can lead to changes in appetite, sleep, energy, and can even cause aches and pains like headaches and stomach aches.
How do I know if I have anxiety?
Everyone deals with stress and worry at times, such as before a big test or an important event. A person with an anxiety disorder has very strong feelings of worry or dread for months. The feelings don’t go away, and they get in the way of the person’s daily life such as school or social activities. These feelings can cause problems with sleep and mood and can even cause stomachaches or headaches.
What is depression?
How early can depression start?
Does depression run in families?
How is depression treated in teens?
Where can I learn more about depression in teens?
What is anxiety?
How many teens have anxiety?
Does anxiety run in families?
How is anxiety treated?
Where can I learn more about anxiety in teens?
Talk to a trusted adult right away. This could be a doctor, parent, legal guardian, relative, teacher, school counselor, or coach.
Let a trusted adult know that you have something important you want to tell them. If you are nervous, practice what you are going to say beforehand or write it in a letter. Try to find a time to talk when there are no distractions. It is okay to let them know that you need their undivided attention. Expect them to have questions. If you do not get a supportive response, do not give up! Try talking to another trusted adult in your life.
There are several different types of health care providers you can talk to about depression. These include counselors, therapists, and doctors like pediatricians, family practitioners, and psychiatrists. Make an appointment to talk about your mental health. Let them know what symptoms you have been experiencing. They will provide a non-judgmental setting for you to express what you have been going through, look for the cause of these feelings, and talk to you about ways to get better.
Remember that depression and anxiety are medical issues that should be cared for just like you would for a broken bone or an infection. We ALL have mental health and it is our responsibility to care for our mental health just as we care for our physical health.
Yes! It is very important to tell a trusted adult about any mental health concerns so that you can get help as quickly as possible. However, it is not always an easy thing to do. You can text, chat, or talk over the phone with a trained counselor for FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it is completely confidential. Trained counselors can help you to create a safety plan for yourself and give advice about how to start the conversation with a trusted adult in your life. Below are several options, all of which are free and confidential.
|When should I seek help?
As soon as possible! Unfortunately, the average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years. High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of school compared to their peers. So don’t wait! Seek help as soon as you feel that there might be a problem with your mental health.
|Where do I go to find help for depression?
Start by talking to a trusted adult such as you doctor, parent, legal guardian, relative, teacher, school counselor, or coach. Speaking with your doctor is a great place to start. They can provide help or a referral to a mental health specialist, if needed. There are also local and online support groups for teens struggling with mental health problems. Visit the RESOURCES section on our site to learn about helpful websites, apps, hotlines, and support groups!
Speak to a trusted adult. Make an appointment to see your pediatrician or family doctor. Your doctor can provide help or a referral to a mental health specialist, if needed. You can also visit www.YourLifeYourVoice.org to read about how other teens have dealt with things like depression, anxiety, bullying, relationship issues and more.
You will need to talk to a trusted adult to help make an appointment with a therapist or counselor. If you feel like you need to speak to someone emergently, you can text, chat, or talk over the phone with a trained counselor for FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it is completely confidential. Trained counselors can help you to create a safety plan for yourself and give advice about how to start the conversation with a trusted adult in your life.
Mental Health Hotline
My Life My Voice: mood journal, helpful coping tips, and access to professional counseling via phone, email, chat or text
Daylio: mood tracker to help understand what kinds of activities help improve your mood
Calm: offers guided meditation, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music
My3: helps create a safety plan for people feeling depressed or suicidal
Breathe2Relax: provides stress management through breathing exercises
MoodKit: helps improve mood through 200 mood lifting suggestions and exercises
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Visit these websites for information and resources on anxiety:
Teen Line: Teens Helping Teens
Crisis Text Line
Cyberbullying Research Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or Text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Boys Town Hotline:
Teen Line: Teens Helping Teens
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 (1-800-662-HELP)
Truth: Smoking, Vaping, and Opioids
National Eating Disorders Association
National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
We R Native
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
It Gets Better Project
Self-harm Hotline 1-800-366-8288 (1-800-DON’T-CUT)
More information coming soon.
In 2019, about 19% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people age 10-19.
What if I am having thoughts about suicide or hurting myself?
If you are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, tell a trusted adult right away.
It can be tempting to keep these thoughts private or only tell a close friend. Just remember that these thoughts are a symptom of a treatable medical illness called depression. An adult needs to know about these thoughts so that you can take the first step towards getting help.
Once you have told an adult they may take you to see a doctor or therapist. The doctor or therapist will help you and your support team create something called a “Safety Plan”. This may involve things such as removing dangerous items from your home and creating a list of people you can talk to when you are feeling overwhelmed. They will also help you create a treatment plan which may include therapy and sometimes medication.
If you feel that you are in immediate danger of harming yourself, you should go to the nearest emergency room.
You can also call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to speak with a crisis counselor for free 24/7. It is completely confidential. There are also options to text or chat online with a crisis counselor.
Below are several options, all of which are free and confidential.
Your Life Your Voice
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline