There are actually two different kinds of depression. One kind of depression is situational depression. A person becomes unhappy with their life in general. They hate their job. They wish they had more money. They hate their school. They don't have a good relationship with family or friends. All of these things are situational and temporary and almost every person has this form of depression at some point in their life. This is a very common emotion in teenagers too. They aren't a child any more. They aren't an actual adult yet. They want things that either their parents can't or won't get for them. Bullies are a common problem at this age too. The teenage years can be one of the most common times to feel this kind of depression.
The second kind of depression is chemical depression. This is when the hormones in the body are out of balance and that chemical imbalance causes depression even when there are no other reasons to be depressed. You may love your family and your home and school might be perfect and your job might be perfect, but you still feel depressed and miserable.
For situational depression, therapy usually helps more than drugs but drugs may sometimes be used while working through the issues just to help give the person some relief.
For chemical depression, therapy is still advised, but finding the right balance of medication is the real cure.
Keep a diary of things that make you happy and days you don't feel depressed and then things that make you depressed and things that happened on the days you felt depressed. This may help you tell the difference between situational depression or chemical depression.
When some event makes you feel depressed, remember, things change as you get older and the part of your life that is making you unhappy right now will not last forever.
· 6 months ago