Adolescence is a rapid change for kids both physically and mentally. Being a teenager is one of the most difficult time, your body changes so quickly that your head and heart seem to be having a trouble in catching up. Life can be ridiculously confusing! Your moods and emotions are never constant and the worst part is, you experience new feelings or sensations for the first time. To top all that, you might face something called -Depression!
Depression and Suicide
There could be many reasons for one to experience the most bleak phase of their lives – depression. There are few types of depression that could be genetically linked and can be cured using drug therapies. But, there are a lot of environmental factors like parental divorce, alcoholism, physical or emotional abuse, not being able to cope with school which could also cause depression. Even traumatic events like loss of a dear one, rape/sexual assault can lead to depression. And when one goes through a bout of depression, suicidal tendencies may arise.
How would you know if you are depressed?
With teenagers, mood swings are quite natural, but if it is persistent, then you might be able to detect the early signs. Check if you are feeling any of these things off late.
- Are you losing interest in the things that you always found enjoyable?
- Are you isolating yourself from your friends and family both physically and emotionally?
- Do you feel like sleeping most of the time? Are you losing your appetite or are you over eating? Do you often experience fatigue and have headaches, body aches?
- Do you find yourself having negative feelings like low self esteem about yourself, suicidal thoughts, guilt and worthlessness?
- Do you find yourself having difficulty in concentrating? Are your intellectual abilities getting effected?
If you find yourself nodding to most of the points mentioned above, there is a good chance that you might be depressed.
Firstly, depression is definitely not your fault and you didn’t do anything to cause it. If you want to get over depression you can try counseling. Try not to isolate yourself from friends and family. The best thing to do is to try to share and confide your feelings with someone you trust.
Exercise is very important, so go sign up for any physical activity.
Lastly, meeting new people and making new relations can be a positive influence. Go beat the depression blues!