Breaking Down the Truth About Depression: Information for Teens
The following article was written by teens from Teen Voices, with the assistance of mentors from Our Bodies Ourselves. The writers are three young women from Massachusetts: Lauren Anderson, 16; Janel Odigie, 16; and Le Pham, 17.
There is help. Find out how you can beat the blues!
Have you been feeling “down in the dumps?” Have you experienced a lack of interest in things you formerly loved to do? Are you having increased feelings of irritability? When you think about the future, do you feel hopeless? OK, so what teen hasn’t felt this way sometimes, right? The teen years are known to be one of the most stressful phases of life. But what if these negative feelings are severe and last a long time, and you even have thoughts of suicide?
|Another Shade of Blue
Can you relate to 15-year-old Sarana’s description of sometimes feeling “waist deep in garbage”? With one in eight teens being affected by clinical depression at some point, it’s time to find out what it’s all about.
|Feeling Down? You’re Not Alone!
Hundreds of teens send Teen Voices poems, letters, and stories about the effects of depression. These three teens bravely share their personal experiences with depression and bipolar disorder.
|How to Deal With How You Feel
Everyone needs a little “pick-me-up” from time to time, and you don’t need to spend lots of money to get it. Check out these tips on ways to “beat the blues,” and find out how some celebrities dealt with their own bouts with depression.
|The Number to Call
Do you ever feel like you are screaming but no one can hear you? Samariteens is a teen hotline that can help in those difficult moments. Find out why Freddie Tunnard has been picking up the phone as a Samariteens’ volunteer for the past two years.
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