Sometimes, you might feel sad and down. You can feel like life is really hard. You feel like no one understands you. This is completely normal. Having a bad day isn’t depression. Everyone has bad days. Depression is when you feel really down or when feelings of sadness last for a long time.
Many people are affected by depression at some form in their life. If you feel like your worries are constant or too big, talk to an adult about seeing a doctor or counselor so you can get help. A lot of people talk to someone like a therapist or counselor about feeling sad or overwhelmed on a regular basis to help them feel better, and some are prescribed medication. It is important to get help but you will feel better. You can call us anytime to talk.
The signs of depression are when these feelings are more intense and/or last for a long time. You might be depressed if you are experiencing the following:
It can seem really hard to reach out to others while you are feeling down, but this is the first step toward feeling better. Think of someone you trust - like a close friend, family member, teacher, coach, or school counselor - and try to share your feelings. An adult can help you come up with a plan to feel better which might include talking to someone on a regular basis in counseling or being prescribed medication. You can also call us at 1-855-201-2121, email and chat with us anytime.
Not everyone who is depressed thinks about suicide, but if you do, this is very serious.
If you are thinking about hurting yourself call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Balanced Mind Foundation