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Anonymous said:
Is it possible to have depression at the age of 13? I feel like I should tell my parents and get help but I feel like they'll tell me I'm being stupid and that I'm too young


Yes it is quite possible! I myself was diagnosed at quite a young age. My mother had me tested early because Depression/ Anxiety runs deep within out family. 

If it runs in your family you may be at a higher risk of having it.

Here are a few symptoms of people who are on the younger age of the age scale:

Signs and symptoms of depression in young people include:

  • Irritability or anger
  • Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
  • Vocal outbursts or crying
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Impaired thinking or concentration
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Talking with parents about depression takes courage and willingness to open up. It may feel awkward sharing personal feelings with parents in a way that you haven’t done since you were younger — or perhaps at all. 

Starting the conversation: Find a time when you can approach your mom or dad in a calm way. You might want to open the conversation by asking, “Can I talk to you? I think I might be depressed.” Or you could say, “I’ve been feeling depressed and bad about things. I’ve been thinking I might need to talk to someone.”

If you can’t bring yourself to start a conversation in person, you could write your parent a note saying you need to talk. Some people find this easier.

 If you really can’t explain things, try “I want to do this, but I just can’t find the words right now.” Give it more thought, but be sure to talk about it again later. (This indicates that you are a bit nervous and can’t find the words atm but want to keep the conversation open)

What if Talking to Parents Doesn’t Work?:  If you reach out to talk and it turns out your mom or dad can’t help, just go to another adult (such as a teacher, counselor, coach, or relative). Don’t give up until you find someone who can help you. It’s that important.

What Else Can Parents Do?: Whether or not you’re seeing a therapist, there are ways parents can help when you’re dealing with depression. For example, they can:

  • spend relaxing, positive time with you
  • communicate with kindness and agree to ban hurtful criticism, arguments, threats, and putdowns
  • remind you that they love and believe in you
  • show affection
  • comment on your positive actions and traits
  • correct you (kindly, but seriously) when you go wrong
  • help with homework or projects if you’re having trouble or get you a tutor
  • see the good in you and keep expecting good things from you
  • hold you accountable (kindly, but seriously) for your responsibilities at home and at school
  • talk through problems with you
  • make sure you get proper exercise, nutrition, and sleep (it’s not nagging — it’s love!)

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Remember we all love you and wish you the best of luck!! xoxo

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