Have you been struggling with your mood lately? Feeling irritable or totally sad regarding what’s going on in your world? Does it feel like there is a dark cloud hovering over you the whole day in spite of you trying to perk yourself up? If this is you, we want you to know that there is a world out there that is more than willing to help you with what you are going through.
You are not alone. In fact, 20% of teenagers tend to experience some form of depression before reaching adulthood. A large part of these are young girls. (1)
Here are some common depression symptoms that you should be aware of (2):
– Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason
– Feeling hopeless or empty
– Irritable or annoyed mood
– Frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters
– Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
– Fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
– Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance
– Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
– Ongoing sense that life and the future are grim and bleak
– Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
– Loss of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends
– Low self-esteem
– Decreased appetite and weight loss, or increased cravings for food and weight gain
– Use of alcohol or drugs
– Social isolation
– Poor school performance or frequent absences from school
– Neglected appearance
– Self-harm — for example, cutting, burning, or excessive piercing or tattooing
– Making a suicide plan or a suicide attempt
– Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
If you think this is you and these symptoms persists, seek help.
There are healthcare professionals and organizations who are openly willing to help. Reach out to family, friends, or school counselors. It’s the right thing to do. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Someone out there is willing to help and listen to you.
Just reach out now and life will be better.