Are you depressed?
Are you sad or do you cry a lot of the time?
Does stress hit you hard and do you sometimes feel worthless?
Do you get irritated or mad often?
Have you stopped wanting to do the things you used to enjoy?
Do you want to be left alone most of the time?
Do you have trouble sleeping or sleep more than before?
Do you have a friend or a family member who is a teen with
some of the above symptoms?
DEPRESSION affects teenagers in all of these ways and more.
Maybe you think it is only the blues or the due to a romantic breakup
or some family trouble, but it could be major depression, also known
as major depressive disorder. Major depression is caused by many
factors, including brain chemistry, environment, and ways of thinking.
For more information on depression in children and adolescents, visit the NIMH
web site: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depchildmenu.cfm