How has depression become a common reoccurrence in teenagers of the 21st century? What are the ways we can help those who suffer?
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“People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.”https://www.psycom.net/depression-what-depression-feels-like?slide=5#slide
EXAMPLE OF TEENAGE DEPRESSION
Sarah, a girl who suffered from depression during her teenage years opens up about her struggle to Teri Robert on August 31, 2009 in the link below. Here is one of the questions in her interview to give you incite to the full article:
Q: What DID you feel? A: I remember thinking one day….shouldn’t I be enjoying this more? I was hanging out with friends and everyone was laughing and having a great time, but I caught myself laughing because that’s what everyone else was doing. But I wasn’t finding anything funny. Now I know this happens to people, but then I started to recognize other symptoms. I was numb to everything. I found it hard to bring myself out of bed, I wasn’t hungry I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy things I normally did. At first I had no clue what was going on, I felt confused. I thought maybe it’s just me going through a phase, but the feelings never left. It honestly felt like I was sinking in a pit of sand that was 1000 pounds heavy, but I couldn’t get myself out, and I didn’t want to.
Watch this video to get a backround of depression:
How is teenage depression different from adult’s?
Being a teenager in the 21st century means that we have many more chances to interact with people, and in many cases, people we truly don’t want to be interacting with. With current technology, there are so many new ways that people can become isolated, change theirselves, and hurt others from behind a screen. Experts have found that people who use social media very frequently, such as teenagers now, tend to feel more ‘socially isolated’. Instead of the satisfaction of a face to face conversation, people rely on texts and snapchats to get important conversations across. Acording to PsyD Alexandra Hamlet, who is a clinical phychologist: “The less you are connected with human beings in a deep, empathic way, the less you’re really getting the benefits of a social interaction.”
Ways to Help: Positive Psychology Edition
- going for a walk
- this can help someone to clear their mind
- getting in a new setting, one other than a place that they are typically stressed in, can help to calm down
- writing their thoughts and emotions in a journal
- getting you feeling out can help relieve the botteled up feeling
- it can help manage feelings
- getting enough sleep
- try to make a night time routine: going to bed at the same time, getting fully ready for bed (not skipping something), waking up around the same time
- for many people, this helps to releive stress and to get your mind off of negative thoughts
- try a new hobby
- picking up a calming hobby can make you feel like you did something productive and worth your time
How Can You Help?
- If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, reach out to them randomly. This helps them know that someone cares for them, someone wants them in their life.
- Acknowledge their suffering, dont tell them that it is made up or they are over reacting.
- Contact a trusted adult to help this person, you can not be their therapist, but you can encourage them to talk to one.
Contact Information for Help
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663
- This resource provides brief interventions for youth who are dealing with pregnancy, sexual abuse, child abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts. They also provide referrals to local counseling, treatment centers, and shelters.