Coping with Depression, Teen
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Depression is a mental health condition that can affect your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You may feel down, blue, or sad, or you may be irritable and moody. If you have been diagnosed with depression, you may be relieved to know why you have felt or behaved a certain way. If you are living with depression, there are ways to help you relieve your symptoms and feel better.
Experiencing depression is not easy. It can lead to you feeling stressed. Experiencing too much stress can cause you to feel more depressed, and lead to drinking alcohol, drug use, and suicidal thoughts.
Stress is your body's reaction to life's demands. You can have stress from good things, such as a vacation, or difficult things, such as a hard test. Stress that lasts a long time can play a part in depression, so it is important to learn how to manage stress.
Antidepressants are often prescribed by a health care provider. When used together, medicines, psychotherapy, and stress reduction techniques are often the most effective treatment.
Medicines take time to work. You may not notice the full benefits of your medicine for 4–8 weeks.
Do not stop taking your medicine. Talk to your health care provider and have a plan to lower your dose safely if you need to stop taking your medicine.
Relationships are important to people throughout their lives. Friends and family can be great resources to help you deal with the difficult feelings you get from depression. Make time to talk to them. You may also want to talk with a therapist to help you manage your depression.
Talking to others
Therapy and support groups
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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