Teenage depression

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   Posted 11/23/2009 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that being a teenager and being depressed is super hard, it is as if you are fighting an adult disease way before your time.  And I feel for all of you.  We all do.  We are here for all of you and want you to feel that this is a safe supportive place for you to come to.
 
Here are a few resources that I often post when addressing teens, it seems that I have had good feedback about them. 
 
 
I am not sure if the first one and the last one are one of the same, as it looks like they might be.  But I thought that I would post them both.  I hope that these sites help you guys and remember that we are all here for you.
 
Best wishes for a wonderful day.
 
Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 11/24/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
excellent karen. i wish i had resources like these when i was an extremely depressed teen. i wear a yellow beyondblue teen braclet acknowlding teen depression. it reads LOOK. LISTEN. TALK. beyondblue is a statewide non profit organisation in australia that highlights all forms of Depression. networking, referal, education, research and policy development are at the fore front of this organisation.
 
hey teens, speaking about depression is okay. seeking support is okay. having depression or a bout of depression happens to people from all walks of life. depression is a medical condition, thus speaking with your dr. earlier about symptoms or about how you are feeling is not just helpful but can also help with treatments so you can get back with life-much sooner-rather than much later.
 
keep positive my young friends. keep talking, listening and keep a look out for depression with your mates. all the best. 
 
ps, the sun always shines. here for ya's. jamie. 
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10kWounds
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   Posted 11/24/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey,

I can remember dealing with depression as soon as 6 years old, perhaps even before. I was lied to, treated like garbage and bullied to death throughout my life. I was emotionally abandoned by my "parents" and treated like a domestic animal, the only things they gave me except pain and insults were food and shelter. I never had friends and was never been able to connect with anyone on any level. I even lost the ability to speak at 14 years old and had to learn it again from scratch in another language. The only thing that kept me from killing myself were T.V. and video games which I used as a "drug" up until I left home at 19 years old.

I have much better days now though I think the scars will never fully disappear.

Still, there's not a day that goes by where I don't find myself wishing I had had help when I was still a teenager from people who cared, so that I wouldn't have to constantly be remembered of all that crap and all the effects it's still having on me to this day.

lovers spit
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   Posted 11/24/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for those sites! I'm 17 years old and I'm struggling with major depression and anxiety. At the peek of my depression I honestly didn't think I would make it out alive. It's been very hard and although I haven't had the worst life, I have faced dozens of tramatic things already. From being adopted at age 6 to having two of my adoptive brothers commit suicide to watching my adoptive mother fight cancer, twice, and have her left leg amputated.. I've seen alot in my day.
 
On a more positive side, I recently got in touch with my biological cousin whom was almost like a sister to me up til the day I was adopted.  We haven't spoken or seen eachother for 12 years and last night we talked on the phone for 2 hours. I'm planning to meet with her soon.  I'm really excited.
 
People on this site have helped me so much already even though I've only just recently started coming on here.  I come here everyday now, I love it.  I myself enjoy helping others and I feel like it's my calling in life to relate to others with mental illnesses and share my experiences.
 
Thanks again for those sites, I'm checking them out right now!
 
Sincerely,
lovers spit

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   Posted 11/24/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
 
I am glad that these sites are helpful.  You are a wonderful group and I hope that you all know that. 
 
I met my sister when I was in my thirties for the first time.  I remember when we met.  It was awesome.  Yet something about finding a part of yourself that you have lost somewhere.  I wasn't the only one anymore.  I wasn't alone and there were others like me.  It was a wierd feeling, but good.  It is like getting to know a part of you that you didn't know.  Like finding the missing piece to a puzzle.  I guess she completed me in a sense. 
 
I pray for strength for all of you.  And I see that you all can help eachother too.  You are all kind and compassionate young adults.  As I call it.  I remember my teenage years well, and I was lost and very confused.  But you learn as you grow.  So life can be a wonderful place to learn.  There are going to be tough times.  I can promise you that.  But we will all go through it together.  I hope that you all had a wonderful day.
 
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you karen for sharing your wonderful experience with your sis. peace, jamie.
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Kyndall H
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   Posted 11/27/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could say I wasn't depressed... I've never felt so badly before in my life. And no one cares...

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   Posted 11/27/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Kyndall,
 
Well, now we can say that statement isn't so.  You have found people who care now.  You have come to a good place and I would like to welcome you to the depression forum.
 
Here you will find others that are your peers and are going through the same situation as you so they do understand the way that you are feeling, maybe not exactly but we do have an open mind to other's suffering.  Depression is no fun, but you can survive. 
 
It might be slow this weekend, many members are traveling or are with family celebrating (trying to) the holiday weekend, but you will probably find more members on at the beginning of the week.  I myself have to work this weekend (again) and wont be on a lot, but I will be here some. 
 
We do get a lot of teenagers (young adults, I would rather say) that suffer with depression as you are.  Most of them end up contacting their doctors or counselors, even school counselors.  They find direction, also being on this forum and conversing with eachother.
 
I hope that you find some of the resources that I posted to be helpful.  And by all means, find some books on deperssion and read.  That always did help me.  There are many good books.  Just google "books on depression" and you will be taken to many sites with many good books. 
 
I hope that you start to feel better soon.  Know that you are loved in this world.  You are a good person.  Learning about life, it isn't always easy, but we make it through all of the hills and valleys.  Together we are strong.  And know that we are all here to support you. 
 
Keep posting and know that we care.
 
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/30/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump for the newbies!!!
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