Teen Depression Help
What Could I Be Going Through?

by Kala Brookes
(brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

I am a fourteen year old girl and I am always up set

I just feel like i dont belong in this world
I feel like i am a mistake
I always want my life to end
I am always fighting with my mum
I hardly see my dad
I want to coment sucide

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Kala,

Thank you so much for reaching out. It really sounds like you are in a very dark place right now and I know, personally, how tough it is to feel so hopeless.

While I can't tell you what kind of depression you have, I can tell you that teenage depressive disorders are on the rise all over the world. Teenagers these days are faced with so many more challenges than the generations before them.

Do you have a family history of the disease? If so, you are 50% more likely to suffer as well. And, unfortunately, teenage girls suffer with depressive disorders more than the boys.

While you feel hopeless right now, it is important to know that there really is hope. Teenagers have a very high success rate of beating depression once properly diagnosed and treated.

I'm sure you are an amazing young woman and that you are destined to have an amazing life. You simply have to have the courage to push through the rough times, believe in yourself even if no one else will, and fight for your right to be here.

If you go to my depression hotlines page you will see a link at the bottom that will take you to a worldwide hotline resource, including Australia. Another option is to call LifeLine.Org in Australia at 13 11 14 (24 hrs a day). They can refer you to over 41 support centers across Australia.

Either way, I encourage you to reach out and find support. These hotlines should be able to refer you to someone that can properly diagnose you. Once you get the diagnosis, you can get a proper treatment plan in place. Good news is once treatment starts, you'll feel better in just a couple of weeks.

All the best, Kala! Don't give up...stay strong and you will beat this!

Dana

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