Having a hard day or might this be depression?

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Sharon.
Categories: Uncategorized.


Do I have it and what can help

It is normal to feel sad for anyone but the transition from childhood to adulthood can be a significant time of change. Taking on more responsibility, having more privileges, negotiating relationships, working, planning for life after high school—can be a wonderful time but also a sad time. If you are feeling low how do you know if this is normal or more serious?

Signs and symptoms of depression in teens

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits 
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide


What Can I Do to Feel Better

When you are only having a hard day, you can probably jump start your happiness: talk to a parent or friend, exercise, go outside, think of 3 things you are grateful for, sleep 7-9 hrs every night, do something you really enjoy–play or listen to music, cook a healthy meal you like, dance, plan a vacation; right down a happy memory, pet your dog–Do These Every Day.

However, when you are depressed, you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Maybe you can talk to a parent, another trusted adult–a teacher, family member or school nurse. A counselor can help you discover ways to deal with depression in a healthy way. A doctor or nurse practitioner can discuss whether medication might help.

Free 24 hr Alaskan Crisis Line: 877-266-4357     or    Free crisis text line: 839863    (Tues-Sat 3pm-11pm) and put in 4HELP  as your first text


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