• FEELING MOODY, SAD, OR GROUCHY? WHO DOESN’T ONCE IN A WHILE?


    Being a teenager can be tough. There are changes taking place in your body and brain that can affect how you learn, think, and behave. And if you are facing tough or stressful situations, it is normal to have emotional ups and downs.Small or large setbacks can seem like the end of the
    world, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. But if you have been feeling sad, hopeless, or irritable for at least 2 weeks, you might have depression. You’re not alone. Depression is common but that doesn’t not mean it is serious You should know:

    1. Depression is a medical illness.
    2. Depression can be treated.
    3. Early treatment is best
    4. Depression can happen at any age

     

    WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION?

    ¨ Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty “ mood


    ¨ Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism


    ¨ Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness


    ¨ Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities


    ¨ Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”


    ¨ Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions


    ¨ Appetite and/or unwanted weight changes


    ¨ Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts


    ¨ Restlessness, irritability


    ¨ Persistent physical symptoms, such as muscle pain or headache

     

    WHAT CAN I DO?

    Besides seeing a doctor and a counselor, you can also help your depression by being patient with yourself and good to yourself. Don’t expect to get better immediately, but you will feel yourself improving gradually over time.


    ¨ Daily exercise, spending time outside in nature and in the sun, and eating healthy foods can also help you feel better.


    ¨ Get enough sleep. Try to have consistent sleep habits.

     

    ¨ Avoid using drugs and alcohol.


    ¨ Break up large tasks into small ones, and do what you can as you can, try not to do too many things at once.


    ¨ Try to spend time with supportive family members or friends. Talking with your parents, guardian, or other students who listen and care about you gives you support.


    ¨ Try to get out with friends and try fun things that help you express yourself.