Young people face challenges in their lives as much as anyone else. Feeling down or sad from time to time is quite normal.
If these periods of sadness or anxiety go on for longer than a couple of weeks, then you may be suffering from depression or anxiety.
One in 35 young Australians will suffer depression with girls being more likely to suffer anxiety and depression. Boys that suffer depression will be less likely to talk about their feelings which mirrors the older male population.
Stress is a normal reaction to pressure situations. Our brains release chemicals in response to stressful situations which can make us feel nervous and stops us thinking clearly.
Most of the time anxious feelings will go away after the situation is over, however for some people they don’t, or the anxiety happens for no apparent reason. Anxiety can make it hard to cope with daily life and may lead to panic attacks if you feel constantly under threat for no apparent reason..
Depression is more than just a feeling of being sad or low. It’s a serious condition which makes coping with day to day life hard. This can be anywhere from relatively mild depression through to deep severe depression where the thought of ending your own life is playing on permanent repeat in your mind.
If you are having thought like these, then you need to speak to someone urgently
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If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicide or self harm - Call 000 !
Signs of depression in younger people include feeling sad, miserable or irritable all the time. Or it might show as anger or being restless and unable to relax.
You would most likely be having negative thoughts about yourself or the people around you and this might extend to the home environment. You might be feeling that you are worthless, that nothing good ever happens for you and that life is not worth living.
Causes that contribute to youth depression and anxiety might be family stresses like conflict, break up or abuse ; Bullying ; Wanting to be in or make an intimate relationship work ; work or academic pressures ; negative pressures around personal and sexual identity ; negative experiences around cultural heritage ; loss and grief related to losing a loved one, moving house or school, losing friends or the end of a personal relationship.
You may have depression of you no longer want to do the things you usually enjoy doing. Hanging out with friends, going to school, work or uni all seem like a major hassle or stress and you’d rather stay in bed. You might be constantly tired whether you sleep or not and you might stop eating or begin eating a lot more as a way to feel better.
The first step is to talk to a friend, family member or your doctor. Tell them you aren’t doing so well and would like some help.
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