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Understand depression

Depression affects more than 12 percent of all adolescents in the US, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

If you know anyone who suffers from depression, please help him or her in any way possible, even if it’s the littlest thing. If you are suffering from depression, get help. See your counselor.

If you’re suicidal, call, or go the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some people don’t really know how to describe how they feel. They might not be articulate enough to say they’re depressed. Just because they appear physically fine, and are able to put a smile on their face, on the inside they may feel beat up and unmotivated. They may want to isolate; themselves they just don’t feel good.

With depression people feel stuck. They just don’t want to feel anything anymore because they feel they’re not worth much at all. It gets harder each day. Simple tasks such as waking up and getting up from bed becomes harder and harder. They just want to be in a room and lay in darkness.

Some people deal with depression in a non-healthy way, by not talking about it and just pushing down their emotions. Some drink alcohol and use drugs, wanting to numb themselves. I made a mistake making people become my happiness when in reality I shouldn’t have, not at all those people didn’t help. I shouldn’t have relied on them for my happiness at all. I write this so somebody learns from my mistake about people.

Some people talk about they’re depression with their friends or a trusted adult. This world is a cold one, but on your journey to where you want to go you’ll meet great people that will stick by your side, without you having to beg for them to stay. You’ll see the great times in life and the memories you obtain, thanks to people who actually care about you. Even if you think people don’t care about you, they will. Somebody will.

Talking about your feelings helps. Sometimes depression can be treated with counseling, or just being around positive individuals. It depends on how you shift your focus into positive thoughts. It’s hard to start, and it takes time.

Besides talking with trusted people, getting enough exercise and sleep, and eating right also helps. Many people with depression also feel better when they spend time with a pet.

Some people who are depressed need medication. If you are depressed you should see a counselor who may refer you to a doctor.

I interviewed a friend who has suffered from depression since she was eight. She prefers to stay anonymous.

How do you cope with depression?

When I was younger it was just mainly music and going out with friends. But as I got older, my depression got worse, and I started to self harm by cutting and burning myself. Then in high school I met a guy who helped me through so much and made me stop. Things changed and now it’s just self harm when I have a breakdown.

What feelings run through your head while suffering with depression?

Sometimes I’ll just be with my friends and I get really quiet and awkwardly try to play it off, but I feel like they’re all against me. When I’m home alone I feel like a piece of crap, and I let everyone down and I can’t make anyone happy. I feel like everyone around me hates me and just feels bad for me, to the point where I feel so alone and I want to end my life.”

Anything else you want to add?

If people are dealing with this they should go get help. If they’re scared they should find someone to talk to, because it really helps. Also, don’t let people control you or hold you back because they’re just going to make things worse.

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