Hello and welcome to HealingWell.
The teenage years can be tough, and it’s perfectly normal to feel sad or irritable every now and then. But if these feelings don’t go away or become so intense that you can’t handle them, you may be suffering from depression.
It's hard to put into words how depression feels, and people experience it differently. There are, however, some common problems and symptoms that teens with depression seem to experience. I have read some of the symptoms and will share them with you here.
1. You constantly feel irritable, sad, or angry.
2. Nothing seems fun anymore, and you just don’t see the point of trying.
3. You feel bad about yourself—worthless, guilty, or just "wrong" in some way.
4. You feel helpless and hopeless .
Depression is not your fault, and you didn’t do anything to cause it. However, you do have some control over feeling better. Staying connected to friends and family, sharing your feelings with someone you trust, and making healthy lifestyle decisions can all have a hugely positive impact on your mood. Coming here and talking with the members about your feelings is a good choice.
Remember you are not alone. You might be surprised at how many other teens suffer from depression.
May I suggest that you talk it through with your Mom and perhaps a visit to your Doctor for a medical check up to be sure nothing else is going on with you is a good idea.
I look forward to getting to know you better.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"