|Depression: The Big Questions
How many times have you said things like-
Jessica, 12, has been feeling really sad and down lately, like everything in her life is going wrong. She comes home from school and cries, and doesn't feel comfortable talking to anyone about her problem.
Logan, 11, told us he's always sad and almost always crying.
Tom, 10, gets in mood swings where he's all mad and argues with everyone, and can't make himself be quiet. The next day, he feels sad and down like everything is his fault, then the next day, mad again.
Keaira, 11, says she feels like she's from somewhere else and doesn't belong on this planet. There's lots of pain building up inside of her because she can't talk to anyone about her problems.
Yep, it's official. Young people can experience serious depression just like adults do. Spend some time with this IML topic to understand what depression is, how it can be treated, how to help yourself or a loved one, and more useful info.
Our thanks to Robin Shlien, M.A, M.F.T., and Josephine Schiff, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., for their contributions to this topic.