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Depression In Adolescents


Depression is a medical condition that causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness that do not go away. Depression may cause you to lose interest in things you used to enjoy. These feelings may interfere with your daily life.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You think about harming yourself or someone else.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve.
  • You have new symptoms.
  • You cannot make it to your next appointment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Antidepressants may be given to improve or balance your mood. You may need to take this medicine for several weeks before you begin to feel better.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Call your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


may be used to treat your depression. A therapist will help you learn to cope with your thoughts and feelings. This can be done alone or in a group. It may also be done with family members.


  • Get regular physical activity. Try to exercise for 1 hour every day. Physical activity can improve your symptoms.
  • Get enough sleep. Create a routine to help you relax before bed. You can listen to music, read, or do yoga. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Sleep is important for emotional health.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. A healthy meal plan is low in fat, salt, and added sugar. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about a meal plan that is right for you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs. Alcohol and drugs can make your symptoms worse.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Your healthcare provider will monitor your progress at follow-up visits. He or she will also monitor your medicine if you take antidepressants. Your healthcare provider will ask if the medicine is helping. Tell him or her about any side effects or problems you may have with your medicine. The type or amount of medicine may need to be changed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.