Understanding Depression and Anxiety
Feelings of sadness, irritability, hopelessness, worthlessness or having difficulty concentrating can happen to anyone, regardless of age. But if you notice these feelings continuing for longer than a few weeks, you may be depressed. Sometimes, depression can also include thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or even suicide. In this case, it’s really important that you talk to a trusted adult who can help you.
It is also normal to feel nervous or worried especially if you’re in a new or stressful situation, like when you take a test. But if you’re so worried you can’t focus on anything but what you’re anxious about, you should talk to an adult you trust.
When you’re feeling especially sad or worried, you may want to be alone, but the most useful thing to do is reach out to a trusted adult. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. If you can’t seem to shake feeling sad or worried, there is nothing wrong with you, though you may be depressed or anxious. It’s important to know that you aren’t alone and you can get help if you need it.