Know When to Get Help

There is help for someone who has depression. Even in severe cases, depression is highly treatable. The first step is to visit a professional or doctor − your family doctor or a health clinic is a good place to start. A doctor can make sure the symptoms of depression are not being caused by another medical condition. A doctor may refer you to a mental health professional who has experience working with adolescents.1

The most common treatments of depression are psychotherapy (talking with a psychiatrist or psychologist) and medication. But only a doctor can diagnose and treat depression. Talk with your parents about setting up an appointment with your doctor – or you can confidentially call and speak with a professional who can help you better understand the problem.

  1. Depression: When the Blues Don’t Go Away (Short and Long Term Effects 2)
    National Institute of Mental Health, 2008
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