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By: Harini Gottumukkala
Mental disorders like depression, anxiety, social anxiety, etc. are common among teenagers nowadays. The adult community believes that youngsters struggling with these issues are making it up or being overly dramatic. They often blame it on the overuse of technology, even if that isn’t the case at all. I am now going to talk specifically about depression.
The highest number of cases of depression are recorded in the ages of twelve to twenty five. Depression can be caused by a variety of reasons:
Depression is more than just a temporary bout of sadness. Anyone can have ups and downs. Depression, however, is a chronic illness, which means that it is a feeling of sadness for an extended period of time. The symptoms of depression are:
People who have depression need not necessarily cry all the time. Most people put on a smile and act like they are fine. Depression can also drain someone's energy. If someone you know says they feel depressed or something that indicates feelings of self-harm or suicide, I urge you to help them. If they are telling you this, it means that they trust you enough. It’s hard to realize when you have a problem and it’s even harder to reach out for help.
Some of the best ways to help someone with depression is:
Let them know that you are there for them. Don’t tell them, show them. Actions speak louder than words. When you talk to them, don’t change the topic or try to compare their problems with your own. Be patient. Help them and stay in touch with them. Talk them into continuing therapy. You can’t fix them yourself. Such problems require professional help. Remember that their depression isn’t their fault or yours.
How to help yourself recover from depression: Reach out to the closest people in your life: the people you trust the most. Realize that it will take time. You're not going to cure yourself in a few days. Recovery can take years. Don’t be afraid to go to a therapist, as their job is to help you. You shouldn’t feel bad for trying to get better.
You won’t always be your best. There might be bad days, but this will all be over soon. And until then, just know that there is always someone who cares about you.
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