- Know that you are not alone and that there is help. And with help, you can feel better!
- Have a conversation with a parent, guardian or another trusted adult like your school counselor or your healthcare provider. Reach out to a crisis helpline for help and advice or if you just need someone to talk to.
- Make an appointment with your doctor or another healthcare provider for a check up (or ask your parent or guardian to make one for you). A healthcare provider can make sure that you do not have another health problem that is causing your depression.
- Accept help. Your healthcare provider may treat your depression or refer you to a specialist who works with teens dealing with depression. You may get help through talk therapy (to help you understand and cope with your depression), a prescription medication to help you feel better or both. Be honest with your healthcare provider about how you are feeling and what you are doing.
- Be patient and good to yourself. With help, you will feel better over time. It will take some effort on your part. Take care of your body and your brain by getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, spending time with supportive friends and family members, avoiding alcohol and drugs and other risky behaviors. Get out in nature or go do fun things that will lift your spirits. Remember that depression is not your fault and you can feel better.
www.mentalhealth.govNational Institute of Mental Health
www.nihm.nih.govMental Health In America
National Alliance on Mental Illness
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry