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How Do I Know If I'm Depressed?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

Sometimes I'm upset a lot. I don't always know why. Could I be depressed? I have talked to my mom about it, and she says that if I want, I can talk to someone we know who is a professional. Can you please give me more information on depression? I would like to get reasons why teens get it and what they can do to stop it. Thanks a lot!




Dear Debra,

Many teens struggle with depression. You are at a time in your life where you are experiencing many changes, stress, and fluctuating hormone levels. Your mom sounds supportive. With an approachable mom and her offering to help you get help if you feel you need it should mean a lot to you. Discussing topics about your well-being is a wise choice with a trusted adult like mom. has some great articles on depression. Do a search on the site to learn more.


I can’t tell you if you are depressed. You need a trained professional to help with this type of diagnosis. Also, mom has a great idea about talking to a professional who is trained to listen and help you work through whatever is going on to make you feel like you described.


If you find it difficult to talk to mom or to the counselor/doctor try writing down what you want them to know first. This can be helpful.


Take care of yourself,

Your BeingGirl Experts

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Posted August 04, 2014
When I'm on my period I'm always grumpy an selfish but when I'm not I'm like happy an excited sometimes I think I'm mental but it's actually my period
Posted August 02, 2014
I'm always upset and unhappy. My parents think I should go to a doctor because A) I am always bored/unhappy and B) I get moody >_<
Posted April 19, 2014
I most definetly agree with Pupose1. I haven't hit depression yet, but it does occur in older women as well. Everything will be fine, Debra.
Posted November 28, 2013
There was a period of time when I was I 6th grade when I was really depressed. There were days that I couldn't bare going to school. I talked me mom about it and she said that it was normal and that I'll overcome it. (I didn't need any medical attention or anything.) And I did! I'm all better now.
Posted April 21, 2014
When I was in fifth grade I was almost anorexic and really depressed now I'm in 7 grade and I'm just fine I slip into deppression sometimes but I always get back up onto my feet
Posted April 12, 2014
Believe me I know the feeling of being depressed and sad but give it some time you may get over it.


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