What you need to know

It's natural to feel down or low for short spells from time to time and feeling sad is a normal reaction to stressful and difficult situations, but if you feel this way almost all the time over a long period of time and it starts to interfere with your whole life you may have depression.

Depression can result from abuse, bullying or family breakdown. It can also run in families.

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling tired and lacking in energy
  • Not wanting to do the things that you previously enjoyed
  • Feeling lonely, unhappy and miserable a lot of the time
  • Feeling moody and irritable – easily upset, ‘ratty’ or tearful
  • Feeling hopeless and wanting to die
  • Becoming withdrawn - avoiding friends and social situations

  • Talk to someone you trust. This may be a school nurse, a teacher or your parent/carer
  • You may need support from a specialist service, for example, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • Depression can be treated with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and, in some cases, anti-depressant medication
  • Exercise can really help
  • Looking after your mental health including eating well, getting plenty of sleep, taking a break, doing something you’re good at, accepting who you are, care for others

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