Do you feel like you just can’t get happy?
Are you finding you’re pulling away from friends?
Do you sometimes sit in your room in the dark,
not even realizing how many hours have passed?
Depression can affect anyone, especially teens.
About 20% of all teens experienced depression
before they reach adulthood.
That’s a worrying statistic.
When singer Willow Smith, Will Smith’s daughter came out
and said she suffered with depression,
the comments at the bottom of many articles were attacking her,
saying what if you got to be depressed about.
A lot of people don’t understand that
mental illnesses don’t discriminate between age or circumstance.
Often depression is even more difficult to recognize
in young people than adults.
Because as a teen,
you experienced so many changes at this stage in your life.
But the longer you feel this way,
the more likely it’s going to disrupt your life
and turn into a long term problem.
So Psych2go shares with you 5 ways to recognize depression.
1. Continuous low mood or sadness.
Do you often feel very sad and low for a prolonged period of time?
If you’re feeling this way,
things that normally lift your mood
won’t bring the same joy and happiness.
You may feel low or cry for no specific reason.
It’s a good time to reach out and talk to someone.
2. Being irritable or intolerant of others.
Irritability can be missed as a symptom of depression
as you’re often stereotyped as moody and irritable already.
It’s also a very common symptom of depression.
Often you’ll have a very short temper
and snap at people you love for no apparent reason.
If you notice a change in your mood,
it might be best to discuss it with someone,
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a parent, a school counselor, doctor or a friend.
Even if you think you’re just having a rough time at school,
it might not be depression.
But talking it out helps to get the whole picture.
3. Showing feelings of helplessness.
If you’re suffering with depression, you’ll feel out of depth,
like you aren’t in control of your life.
You can feel completely helpless and confused.
While these feelings are normal
as you go through changes in your body and growing up,
be aware of the symptom persists for longer than a few weeks.
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Feelings of unhappiness, worry, guilt, being fearful,
helpless, hopeless or lonely
could all be signifying that something more serious is wrong.
4. Increasing social isolation.
Do you want to just be left alone?
When you’re not feeling like yourself and your mood is low,
it can lead to social isolation.
It can be hard being around people because you feel like
you have to act like you normally would.
This emotional strain can cause you to give up socializing altogether.
If you notice you’re starting to withdraw from people,
talk to someone.
Even if you feel you’re just having difficulties with friends,
it may not always be a sign of depression.
But dealing with it now
can help stop it turning into something more.
5. Little to no enjoyment of things you once liked.
Have you lost interest in being involved in
after-school clubs, music practice or sports?
Do you feel like you don’t want to go and are contemplating dropping out?
You might not even watch your favorite TV shows with as much interest.
Not enjoying things you once liked
could be assigned you’re depressed.
Have you struggled with depression?
What do you do to help?
Psych2go would love to know.
Be sure to leave a comment below. Thanks for watching!