What is Depression?

A Serious Mental Illness


Everyone occasionally feels down, or sad. But these feelings are usually brief and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common, very serious illness.

Many people with a depressive illness never ask for help. But most people would get better with help. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. Even if you get help from friends, family, or people at school, they can help you get better.

Signs and Symptoms:

Usual Behaviour:

  • not going out anymore

  • not getting things done at work/school

  • withdrawing from close family and friends

  • relying on alcohol, drugs and sedatives

  • not doing usual enjoyable activities

  • unable to concentrate


Some of the feelings they might experience are overwhelmness, guiltiness, irritation, frustration, lacking in confidence, low- self esteem, unhappiness, indecision, disappointment, miserableness and sadness.

Thoughts they might have:

  • 'I’m a failure.'

  • 'It’s my fault.'

  • 'Nothing good ever happens to me.'

  • 'I’m worthless.'

  • 'Life’s not worth living.'

  • 'People would be better off without me.'

Physical symptoms of depression:

  • tired all the time

  • sick and run down

  • headaches and muscle pains

  • churning gut

  • sleep problems

  • loss or change of appetite

  • significant weight loss or gain

What Depression Can Look Like

more than 2 out of 100 young children and 8 of 100 teens have serious depression

Treatment or Management:

Teens and kids that have or are developing signs of depression can get better with the help of others, such as parents, teachers, or even friends. For more serious help, they can go to a psychologist or a therapist. Some ways to fight depression are exercising, eating healthy and balanced meals, do the things that you enjoy or used to enjoy in life, and being positive (looking on the bright side of things).