Teenage Depression? HELP?

Question by Matthew K: teenage depression? HELP?
i’m worried whether i’m experiencing teenage depression or not!
I allways feel sad and as if I can’t be bothered to do anything anymore. In school i’ve been really un-focused – in class i’ve been putting my head on the desk and trying to go to sleep to get away from it all.
I’m not looking for attention or any of that jazz, i need help!

is this normal? how can i end it?

Best answer:

Answer by Rebecca W
Go to the school nurse or a principal. on staff that will take u serious. If u know u need help u should go and ask why not talk with your parents about it I am sure they will see that u get help

Answer by hooyutoo2
There are different kinds of depression. If you get depressed because there is some situation in your life that is bad (physical abuse, death of loved one; lonely etc) that is “situational depression” and it is a normal person’s response to bad things. The more confusing kind is when there seems to be no known cause for it (your family life is ok; you have friends; no physical problems etc) but you still feel down/sad. That is clinical depression and is mainly caused by heredity or learned by growing up and watching your mother or father live that life; or…. it is the biochemical/hormonal fluctuations in your body. At the onset of puberty – you know that your body is learning new processes that it will use in your adult life. Those processes require hormones that can alter your moods and it can take several years for your body to find an equilibrium. You know that humans are basically animals and that animals have an instinctive drive to reproduce. Sometimes these hormonal up/downs occur directly in relationship to monthly cycles. Sometimes women in particular won’t reach a stable emotional/mood until after they have had a baby. Hormones are STRONG chemicals and directly affect brain chemistry and moods. So in one way you can feel good knowing that this is an indication that your body is changing to “adult mode” and that you will be ready for marriage. People want to be “logical and practical” and when depression hits they want to “figure it out” (is it because of my job; because of my friends; because of my lover or lack of a lover etc). When in reality a lot of times – there’s nothing to figure out – it’s simply a result of body chemistry (or a combination of everyday problems (job, school, friends etc) AND biochemical/biorhythms. That is why a MAJORITY of teens experience depression – because they are having hormonal “attacks” and they have problems learning to cope with adult sized problems. To deal with this I can suggest several things: 1. Exercise (it gets rid of tension and promotes “feel good” brain chemistry. 2. Get regular adequate sleep because sleep deprivation is a known depression maker. 3. Get out in the sun (sunlight stimulates the “feel good” brain chemistry) 4. Get out of yourself (don’t spend hours trying to figure this out because everyone has problems and if you focus on them – they seem bigger). You can help someone that needs you. (The friendless kid in your class or your lonely sick grandma ) When you do for others you feel good about yourself. 5. Walk and enjoy nature (it’s good exercise and it lets you be grateful for nature) 6. Everyday think of 3 things that you want to do that day (3 attainable goals) to improve your life or the life of someone else. 7. Everyday think of 3 things that you are grateful for in your life. 8. Don’t try “quick fixes like alcohol/drug induced euphoria – it will make things worse in the long run 9. Pray for guidance/help.

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