When your serotonin levels are low due to having a lower number of receptors, you begin to feel that lack of interest and pleasure that leads to depression. Depression is also thought to possibly be genetic.
Symptoms of depression include loss or gain of appetite, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, short-term memory loss, chronic fatigue, feelings of sadness and self-loathing, loss of interest in daily life, self-isolation, acting out and often thinking of or discussing suicide.
At this point, teens with depression may feel that there is little reason to keep on going. That is when medical intervention is needed.
The typical method of treating major depression is through therapy and anti-depressants. Often, though, teens don't want to go to therapy because they believe it pinpoints weakness, or they have convinced themselves that it doesn't or won't work. However, the combination of medication and therapy does work and is truthfully the best option once this stage of depression has been reached.
If you are experiencing signs of major depression, it is imperative that you discuss it with a parent, teacher or adult you trust. It must be understood that you are important and that there is no shame in getting help.
Getting that help is a long process that could take a period of years, but it is crucial to your overall health and development. You don't want to remember your teenage years as the worst of your life; you want to remember them as the time of your life.
Major depression is a serious disease. If you have depression, please seek help. You really can turn things around with a little bit of help.
It may feel hopeless now, but think of how good it will feel when the day comes when you can finally say, "I'm here. I did it, and I'm alive."