Sudden Depression

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Sally Diedrick
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   Posted 1/1/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 16 year old girl with a stable family. My parents are still married, my extended family is pretty normal and none of them have died yet. I get good grades in school and have friends. I've had no real tramatic experiences in my life yet.
But, sometimes I'll suddenly feel very depressed, even to the point where I feel slightly suicidal. I've never acted on any of these thoughts of course, beause I have no clus where or why I'm having them. I could be making my bed when I start to think that my friends aren't really my friends, or reading a book and think that my family doesn't really care about me. I haven't told my parents because they'd want to know where I'm getting thoughts like these, but I honestly don't know. Can someone please help!

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   Posted 1/1/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I do think it would be good to talk to your parents about setting up an appointment to see your doctor. Sudden on-set depression can many times be the result of a physical disorder. At 16, there is a decent chance it could be related to hormones & can be easily treated. 1 in 10 people with depression develop it because of thyroid issues. Even more have issues with their estrogen/testosterone levels that can cause feelings of depression. Some people can have invisible seizures or anemia or all sorts of other physical problems. The key is to get treatment as soon as possible. By waiting, permanent changes can take place in your brain that can make getting relief later on much more difficult.

In any case, depression isn't always related to anything really going wrong in life. Even if there is no physical cause, it is still an illness. It can be a combination of biological factors & environmental factors, or solely biological or solely environmental. But there is hope. There are many, many different treatments out there depending on whether it is caused by another illness or whether it is depression alone. The fact that you realize that reality is that things are pretty good can be very helpful in getting you to recovery much faster than someone who feels (rightly or wrongly) that everything is horrible in their life & nobody cares & there is no hope.

Please do talk to a doctor about your symptoms & find out what's going on. And know you are always welcome to post here.


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   Posted 1/2/2010 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Frances has an excellent suggestion... be open with your parents.. seek professional help.. sounds like some paranoia... but you need a professional... at your age many different mental health issues can present for the first time... seek professional help...
wish you a Happy New Year... my prayers and thoughts are with you ... Sandi (arneeb)

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   Posted 1/4/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
and my thoughts are with you also. as a young male hormones played a massive part in my impeeding mental illness. this was caused by a genetic disorder, i do not produce my own testosterone, now fixed. still my do not produce my own testosterone(on testogel-does a very good job) but at that time it did help with my issues, i was very androgenous and puberty was very late, thus i was very femmine for some time, so i can appreciate what frances and sandi say about checking all things out. jamie.

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