Sure, everybody feels sad or blue now and then. But if you're sad most of the time, and it's giving you problems with: Your grades or attendance at school Your relationships with your family and friends Alcohol, ...
Sure, everybody feels sad or blue now and then. But if you’re sad most of the time, and it’s giving you problems with:
The good news is that you can get treatment and feel better soon. Approximately 4% of adolescents get seriously depressed each year. Clinical depression is a serious illness that can affect anybody including teenagers. It can affect your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and overall health.
Most people with depression can be helped with treatment. But a majority of depressed people never get the help they need. And, when depression isn’t treated, it can get worse, last longer, and prevent you from getting the most out of this important time in your life.
So… Listen Up
Here’s how to tell if you or a friend might be depressed.
First, there are two kinds of depressive illness: the sad kind, called major depression, and manic-depression or bipolar disorder, when feeling down and depressed alternates with being speeded-up and sometimes reckless.
When You’re Depressed…
When You’re Manic…
Talk to Someone
If you are concerned about depression in yourself or a friend, TALK TO SOMEONE about it. There are people who can help you get treatment:
Or, if you don’t know where to turn, the telephone directory or information operator should have phone numbers for a local hotline or mental health services or referrals.
Depression can affect people of any age, race, ethnic or economic group.
Let’s Get Serious
Here Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak, or a failure, or isn’t really trying…it means they need treatment.
Most people with depression can be helped with psychotherapy, medicine, or both together.
Short-term psychotherapy, means talking about feelings with a trained professional who can help you change the relationships, thoughts, or behaviors that contribute to depression.
Medication has been developed that effectively treats depression that is severe or disabling. Antidepressant medications are not “uppers” and are not addictive. Sometimes, several types may have to be tried before you and your doctor find the one that works best.
Treatment can help most depressed people start to feel better in just a few weeks.
So remember, when your problems seem too big and you’re feeling low for too long, you are not alone. There’s help out there and you can ask for help. And if you know someone who you think is depressed, you can help: Listen and encourage your friend to ask a parent or responsible adult about treatment. If your friend doesn’t ask for help soon, talk to an adult you trust and respect—especially if your friend mentions suicide.
What You Need to Know About Suicide…
Most people who are depressed do not commit suicide. But depression increases the risk for suicide or suicide attempts. It is not true that people who talk about suicide do not attempt it. Suicidal thoughts, remarks, or attempts are ALWAYS SERIOUS…if any of these happen to you or a friend, you must tell a responsible adult IMMEDIATELY… it’s better to be safe than sorry…
If suicidal, call CrisisCare at
Otherwise, to access care:
In Dayton: 937-734-8333
In Preble County: 1-800-453-3386