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Teenage depression About 4 out of 100 teenagers get seriously depressed each year Sure everybody feels sad or lonely now and then But if youre sad most of the time and its giving you problems with your grades your relationships with your family and friends alcohol drugs sex or if its controlling your behavior in other ways then the problem may be depression Clinical Depression is a serious illness that can affect anybody including teenagers It can affect your thoughts feelings behavior and health Depression also increases the risk for suicide or suicide attempts Most people with depression can be helped with treatment But most depressed people dont ask for help they need And when depression isnt treated it can get worse and last longer This really sucks because youre only a teenager once First there are two kinds of depression The sad kind called major depression or dysthymia and manic-depression or bipolar illness when feeling down and depressed switches with being speeded-up and all hyper If you think youre depressed you should talk to someone If you are worried about depression in yourself or a friend you con talk to someone who can help There are many people who you can talk to like a psychologist school counselor parents a trusted family member family doctor or a professional at a mental health center SYMPTOMS Life seems pointless or like nothing good is ever going to happen again have a negative attitude a lot of the time or it seems like you have no feelings dont feel like doing a lot of the things you used to like-- like music sports being with friends going out-- and you want to be left alone most of the time feel sad or cry a lot and it doesnt go awayIts hard to make up your mind You forget lots of things and its hard to concentrate get irritated often Little things make you lose
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