Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.

Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.

Warning Signs of Depression in Adolescents

  • Sadness, depressed mood, or irritability
  • Agitation, defiance, or sullenness
  • Lack of pleasure in daily activities
  • Withdrawal or crying
  • Unexplained physical complaints
  • Lethargy or chronic boredom
  • Poor concentration or inability to make decisions
  • Poor academic performance
  • Negative thoughts about self, the world, and the future
  • Self-blame, guilt, and failure to recognize one's success
  • Change in appetite or weight gain or loss
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Increased-risk behaviors (e.g., sexual risk-taking or abuse of drugs and alcohol)
  • Suicide ideation or attempts

Get Immediate Help

Emergency Medical Services - 911, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)


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