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05/09/2018 - How can you find out if you're depressed

04/09/18 - Female, 11 :

How can you find out if you're depressed

Ali says -

Thank you for your question.  It’s important to recognise that depression doesn't just affect adults. Children and teenagers can get depressed too.

 

The NHS (National Health Service) says that “some studies show that almost one in four young people will experience depression before they are 19 years old.  There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed”

The NHS website has a useful link which you can view here that will support your thinking around recognising depression in young people.  It's important to get help early if you think you might be depressed. The longer it goes on, the more likely it is to disrupt your life and turn into a long-term problem.

It is also really important to talk to an adult that you trust as they might be able to support you to get help.  You should try and talk to your parents or perhaps a parent of a friend, teacher or youth worker.  It is really important that you see your GP (A GP is General practitioner is another name for your doctor) if you think that you could be depressed.  They will be able to give you the support you need and may refer you to a specialist support service.

The Youngminds website has mental health advice and support which you can access here.

If you find it really difficult to talk to someone then Kooth is an online support service that is safe and free for all young people in Cambridgeshire.  Kooth offers a counselling service, self-help advice and community support.  After waiting on line to speak to someone about your needs you are then allocated an on line counsellor at times that are convenient to you.  You can find out more by accessing the Kooth website here.

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