Teen depression is quite evident these days. Being a teenager is one of the toughest phases in a person’s life; it is when you feel most insecure about yourself – as if you don’t belong, like you are an outsider. It is normal for teenagers to feel sad, frustrated and or irritable. However, what should you do if the feeling doesn’t go away?
Teen depression can indeed drain life out of you – you may lose hope, feel tired and you will find it difficult to go on with your day-to-day activities. But always remember that you are in control of your feelings; don’t let what you feel get the best of you! The process wouldn’t be easy – but it is also not impossible.
Signs and Symptoms of Teen Depression
When you feel depressed, you get feel that no one understands you… that you are a hopeless case and that you are alone. But in reality, this is not the case. Teen depression is quite common and with proper help, you can get over it in no time.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of teen depression:
- Constant feeling of irritability, frustration, sadness and or anger
- Feeling bad about yourself; that you are worthless
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- You experience frequent headaches
- Most of the time you feel like crying
- You are not focused; your performance at school is negatively being affected
- You have thoughts of suicide
Coping with Teen Depression
When you feel depressed, try talking to an adult you trust. It may seem like your parents will not understand what you are going through, especially if they always nag you about your behavior. But it may surprise you that they do! Remember, they too were once a teenager… and they do not want to see their children in pain. Your parents nagging may just be a result of frustration because they don’t know what’s going on in your life.
Keep your communication lines with your parents open. If they know that you are feeling depressed, they can get you the help you need. But if your parents are abusive and there is no way that you can ask them for help, talk to another adult that you can trust – it may be your teacher, coach, grandparent, aunt or uncle.
Talking to the right person can get you directed to the support you need. If there is truly no one that you can trust, seek help from support groups and other hotlines; they are available to help you stop from developing harmful thoughts and actions. Asking for help is always the bravest thing that a teenager like you can do.
Tips for Getting Over Teen Depression
Do not isolate yourself. It’s normal to feel that you don’t want to see or be with anyone when you are depressed. However, isolating yourself will only make matters worse! Try to remain social and get out into the world. Spend some quality time with your loved ones and friends this will eventually help you feel good about yourself.
Be mindful of your health. Make healthy lifestyle choices to help improve your mood. Get into sports or do regular exercises – this will help release a rush of endorphins, which can make you feel happier. As for food, avoid eating food that will only make you feel ‘heavy’ or unhealthy; supply your body with the vitamins and minerals that it needs. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Avoid alcohol and drugs. Being depressed may lure you to drink or use drugs to escape your feelings. Although these things may provide you with the ‘mood boost’ that you need, it is just temporary. After the substance leaves your body, you will just feel more depressed than before. Moreover, alcohol and drug abuse may only increase your suicidal feelings and eventually will cause serious side affects and long term addiction – therefore, stay away from them at all costs!
Love Yourself. Learn more about you, and what you like and love about yourself. Don’t dwell on the negatives only the positives. Write down what you feel about yourself and focus on the good. When you see more negatives than positives, ask yourself if this is really how you feel or have you believed a lie you have been told. When you can write down the positives, they should outweigh the negatives. When they don’t, that’s when you should really talk to someone you trust to help you through the negatives so you can learn to love yourself again.