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Dear Dish-It Discusses Depression

November 28, 2017

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Depression is a very serious issue that affects all kinds of people. It can make it hard to get through the day or find the motivation to do your school work. Depression affects everything and everyone around you. Today on Dear Dish-It’s, “Let’s Talk About it Tuesday” we will be addressing questions and concerns from kids and teens who are battling depression, and often self-harm or think of suicide. When depression goes untreated it becomes very difficult to manage. People around you might not understand what is going on, you might not understand what is going on, but you’ve got to push through, do the work and whatever it takes to get better. Never give up on yourself, you have far too much ahead of you.

Let’s Take a Look at This Week’s Questions:

Depression is like feeling sad all of the time. Depression is like feeling sad all of the time.

Question by broken

Dear Dish-It I feel lost and my feelings are gone I lost my heart and I’m depressed... I’m pathetic

Insight/Advice:

Firstly, don’t put yourself down. You are not pathetic. You just need help. Sounds like you feel empty and depressed, and need to figure out how to be happy. I suggest talking to your parents and letting them know how you feel. Hopefully they can get you the proper help that you need to relieve these feelings. These feelings may see overpowering right now, but with time and help they can go away. Hang in there!

Reach out for help when you feel low.Reach out for help when you feel low.

Question by Depressed Kid

I have been told I am severely depressed. What do I do?

Insight/Advice:

Who told you that? Do you feel depressed? If you agree with this person and think you need help, you should try and get it. You might need consistent counseling, medication, or both. You might have to make some changes to your life by doing stuff that will benefit your depression. Stuff like working out and taking art therapy.

You don't have to go through this alone.You don't have to go through this alone.

Question by joshshark

Dear Dish-It, I keep having suicide thoughts. My parent don’t care about me

Insight/Advice:

Why do you think your parents don’t care about you? Have you tried telling them how you feel? Suicide is never the answer. You might think no one care, but that isn’t true. Suicide takes your pain and passes itself onto another. If you are ever feeling this way or that you might self-harm please reach out to someone for help. Call a crisis line, a family member, anyone who can talk it through with you. Whatever is going on, you can get through it. This too shall pass and you have to remember that. Time takes times, so you’ve got to be brave and hang in there. Hopefully your parents will get you help with your depression. If not try talking to a guidance counsellor. Regardless, you deserve to be happy and need to take the proper steps to get there. 

Depression is something you can get help with.Depression is something you can get help with.

Question by Ebs

I don't know why, I just find my self constantly being sad. I feel like I have lost loads of friends, when I haven't really, and just feel really depressed at times and happy other times. I'm also finding that I take things far too personally when it wasn't intended to. How can I stop feeling like this lol?

I feel like I'm starting to become depressed I'm cutting my self with thoughts of suicide, and I feel like everyone hates me and lies about being my friend

Insight/Advice:

I’m reading a lot of signs of mental illness, but I am not a doctor so you need to go and see one. Cutting is very dangerous and you need to find a new outlet to let out your pain and frustration. As mentioned above, suicide is never the solution to any problem. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow so why give up. Things are hard now, very hard, but if you get some help, things can get better. Don’t give up on yourself. There are people here to help you, and no one wants anything bad to happen to you.

Depression can make us isolate.Depression can make us isolate.

Afterthoughts

Depression is a very dangerous disease as it can put us at risk for self-harm. It makes us feel so low that we contemplate whether or not we want to be here. Suicide is the easy way out. You are too young, and have so much ahead of you, now is not the time to thinking of such measures.

Getting better isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to require a lot of work and dedication, but it will be worth it. You have to think of it as a physical illness, you need proper treatment in order to get better.

Depression is like a dark cloud over your life.Depression is like a dark cloud over your life.

Don’t get discouraged if your first attempt at help doesn’t go well. Sometimes it takes a few times around the block and finding the right fit that works for you. Everyone is different and therefore everyone will connect to different things.

Regardless, get the help that you need and get it quickly because the sooner you deal with these issues, the better. Remember you are not alone and there are plenty of kids and teens who can relate to you.  

Helplines & Resources: 

 

  • TeenMentalHealth.org
  • KidsHealth - A safe, private place for kids & teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life.
  • Teen Line - A helpline for kids and teens to work through their personal issues and mental health as needed.  1-800-TLC-TEEN or 1-800-852-8336 (Toll Free US & Canada).
  • Mind Infoline – Information on self-harm and a helpline to call in the UK at 0300 123 3393 or text 86463.
  • Kids Help Phone – Free, anonymous and bilingual helpline for young people in Canada, available 24/7 by phone, Live Chat, and the Always There chat app for any issue, including self-injury and suicide. Call 1-800-668-6868 or visit kidshelpphone.ca.
  • Kids Helpline – A helpline for kids and young adults in Australia to get help with issues including cutting and self-harm. Call 1800 55 1800. (Kids Helpline)

Dear-Dish-It Housekeeping

I never want you to feel like I am ignoring you, however there are some questions I can’t answer like, “how to build a video game?” Please remember Dear-Dish-It does not answer questions regarding bodily issues, physical issues, especially regarding female personal hygiene, periods, drug use or sexual activities. Please review our guidelines before posting a question as posts of these nature will not be answered. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you visit your doctor soon to get the help that you need.

Secondly, there is an overflow of crush-related questions coming in and I am doing my best to get to the all or address popular concerns in crush articles.

Interested in getting in touch with Dear Dish-It?

Simply email deardish@kidzworld.com with your concern, and we will address you on “Let’s Talk about it Tuesday” if your question is suitable for our topic of conversation. Regardless, keep your eyes peeled as Dear Dish-It it is covering a lot of issues, and you never know when your question or topic of concern will be featured in an article. Please let us know if you would like your handle to be listed as anonymous and list your age in your question if you would like as that can impact advice. To learn the Do's and Don'ts of Dear Dish-It, and to find out what kind of questions are appropriate, check out this article!

Have Your Say

Do you ever get depressed? What helps when you are feeling this way? Comment below.