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Dear Dish-It: I’m Really Depressed

Dear Dish-It,

I am really depressed at times and I don't really know why. My friends see me in class with my hoodie on and my head down on my desk. Can you help?

Beatle-Cat

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Dear Beatle-Cat,

It’s really normal to feel sad or really overwhelmed at times by all the things that you are dealing with as a kid or teen. The good news is, there are things you can do about depression.

Talk to a Counselor

One of the best things you can do is to talk to someone who is trained to help. Ask your parents or doctor to connect you with a counselor or a therapist (if you don’t feel comfortable telling them why you want to see a counselor, you don’t necessarily have to; just say you have a lot on your mind and you think that talking with someone could help). You can also talk to your school counselor or nurse, or try searching the Internet for a professional counselor in your area.

Find Support Online

Speaking of the Internet, there are lots of websites about depression. Not only can these give you more information on how you’re feeling, they’ll also show you that you’re not alone in feeling sad or lonely. Just remember, these sites cannot substitute for the help of your parents, doctor or counselor.

Have Your Say

Has this ever happened to you? Got any good advice for Beatle-Cat? Leave your comment below!

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How Do You Deal With Depression?

  • I hole up in my room and listen to angry music.
  • I fill my face with Chunky Monkey ice cream.
  • I get all my frustration out on paper by writing poetry.
  • I'm never depressed.

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

bffeaea
bffeaea posted in Friends:
I don't know you and I'm not exactly sure how you act, but being friendly is definitely the way to go. Don't change yourself for ANYBODY. Especially someone who you don't need to impress. Speaking of impressing, don't try, do. If you are telling a story and that happens to impress them than that's great! But don't go out of your way to try to make yourself look awesome because I'm sure you already are. Be yourself. But the most important thug now you can do is not try to make a million friends. Because personally I would rather have one AWESOME friend than a million ok friends. I hope this helped. :)
reply about 14 hours
HoneyHamstern
HoneyHamstern posted in Friends:
Be yourself and most important of all, be kind. You will get great friends by doing so. Being popular doesn't always mean being nice; sometimes people tend to be rude and bossy to be "popular" and that isn't good. But if you participate or even start a group at school, at the library or somewhere important in the community (community service like the Rotary Club is a good way to start for kids and teens) can be a great way to meet friends and share your happiness.
reply about 15 hours
esthery27
"f3rr3tgal" wrote:dear dish-it,        I absolutely love my family but... my dad has these headaches  where if they are really bad i can not say anything right he will get really mad. i don't know what to do i really hate being yelled at by my  dad and i love him soo much !!!! what do i do?  [s:sm3/1jvp]                                                       thanks,                                                            f3rr3tgal Tell him that you love him and you understand he's suffering but you really don't like it when he yells at you. You can write a note or a card to him. I'm sure he'll understand. And of course if needed see a doctor so that he'll know what to do to deal with those headaches.
reply about 15 hours
esthery27
esthery27 posted in Friends:
You won't want to be, it's exhausting. Just be happy the way you are and don't care about what others think or say about you.
reply about 16 hours
GiddyUpGecko
GiddyUpGecko posted in Friends:
What if you just aren't populr, and you want to be???  :(
reply 1 day