It is hard to believe that school is already here. Kids are gearing up to see friends they have not seen all summer, meet new classmates, take new courses, and start at a new school. All these things, along with many other school related circumstances, can bring on depression. Some students may already be dealing with depression as school starts; therefore, it is no wonder that 3.1 million young people ages 12-17 deal with periods of major depression. It is not uncommon to have “the blues” or feel down every once in a while, especially when you are in middle school or high school. It is important to remember that the human body goes through major chemical changes as it matures.
The expectations from your teachers, family, and friends, and worrying about whether you will meet those expectations can also create stress. If things go wrong at school or at home, then you might start to feel insecure about yourself or wonder how you fit in. If you are attending college for the first time or in your senior year of high school, the thought of preparing for college or making decisions about your future can take a toll. There is the possibility that you might begin to feel as if you are receiving mixed messages from parents, teachers, friends, and society.
Feeling blue from time to time is different from experiencing depression. When you are depressed, you might feel like there is a dark cloud hanging over everyone and everything, and it is difficult to feel good.
Signs of Depression
Knowing the signs of depression is important so it can be treated right away. The sooner you get help, the faster you can get back to feeling like yourself. If you feel like you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you might be dealing with depression.
- Having trouble with schoolwork
- Not taking part in activities you used to enjoy
- Feeling sad and hopeless
- Decrease in enthusiasm, energy, or motivation
- Anger and rage
- Overreacting to criticism
- Feeling as if you cannot meet expectations
- Poor self-esteem or guilt
- Having a hard time making decisions, lack of concentration, or forgetfulness
- Restlessness and agitation
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Defying parents, teachers, or other authority figures
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Don’t Suffer in Silence
Depression is not something you should ignore. It can make people feel hopeless about what they are currently dealing with or their future. If depression is left untreated, it can create a negative way of thinking that could lead young people to think about doing desperate or violent things.
If you are on social media and notice skeptical posts or hear others say things that imply they could be planning to hurt themselves or others, inform an adult immediately. If you feel this way yourself, do not agonize in silence. You must remember that there is both help and hope.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, reach out for help right away by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Trust your instincts, and if you must, break a confidence to save a life.
If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and are interested in trying an alternative to prescribed medications, contact Gateway TMS at (314) 909-8487. One of our professional staff members would be happy to talk to you about your options and get you back to feeling like yourself.