Depression is when you experience a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your everyday life.

What causes depression?

There is no single cause for depression. However, the following factors can lead to developing depression

  • Drug abuse 
  • Loneliness 
  • Personality problems such as low self-esteem
  • Stressful events
  • Early childhood trauma such as experiencing violence

What are some of the symptoms of depression?

Depression is not limited to feeling or experiencing low moods. You can have lots of different emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. You might also experience the following. 

  • Feel worried 
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Not have any energy
  • Not feel like eating
  • Not feel like showering or getting dressed
  • Get annoyed or upset by little things
  • Stop enjoying things you used to find fun
  • Feel that your life is pointless 
  • Have thoughts about wanting to die or hurt yourself
  • Feel cut-off from others and alone
  • Feel negative about yourself
  • Feel angry
  • Feel empty or numb
  • Decreased sex drive

What can I do to manage depression?

You can do the following to help you manage depression

  • You can try talking to your friend, adult, teacher, or family.  
  • Do something fun or nice for yourself
  • Ask a parent to take you to a doctor
  • Talk to a counselor and get help
  • Remind yourself that you can get better
  • Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
  • Tune out negative thoughts by watching a movie or TV
  • Avoid abusing drugs 

If you're worried about your depression, it's important to seek help as soon as possible.

Talking with someone can really help. You’re not alone, support is always available.

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