https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0z7Kh7_wiw ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asFB30xyN5k ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVaFSbn6lKs ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1LDBaponFI ; (MUSIC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxxOQpItDAk
A bit more from Dr. O
Yes, many teens do experience depression, and figuring out if a sad spell is just that, a spell, or if it is something more, like clinical depression, is really important so that teens get the help that they need. Classic signs of depression are (including what you noted):
- Changes in sleep – either too much or too little
- Not feeling like doing activities that you used to like or that used to interest you
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Feeling tired and having no energy
- Having a hard time concentrating
- Changes in appetite – either more or much less
- Changes in your general activity level – either being agitated, or ramped up, or the opposite, feeling beyond blah and lethargic
- Thinking about suicide or death a lot
Now, back to Grace and her advice to other teens about depression:
If you are a friend, or even an associate of a depressed teenager, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take the initiative to reach a hand out. Many teenagers commit suicide each year with the last memory that “no one cares about them.” Having a friend, or just someone to talk to means the world to a person who’s depressed. It is absolutely ESSENTIAL to help someone as fast as possible, since you never know when they will decide to end their life.
If you are depressed, then hear me out. The feeling of being depressed is something you know more than anybody. Sometimes, you think to yourself, “why me?”, and you feel wronged. Trust me, it’s OKAY. People tend to (mistakenly) view depression as a weakness, as a sign that you lack confidence. But honestly, who actually knows what’s going on in that brain of yours? Nobody but you. YOU hold the key to your future, to your decisions, to EVERYTHING – despite all the obstacles that may come in your way. Life is a choice, yet you only get one chance to live it. Live it while you can and to your fullest. Though it may seem like the world has cast its darkest phase upon you, I beg you to realize that there is ALWAYS a rainbow at the end of a storm. Giving up is not an option. Please stay strong and inform someone immediately of your issue. Trust me, depression IS a strong entity; but you can overcome it, if you fight through it.
“If you take shortcuts, you get cut short” –Gary Busey