How to help friends overcome depression

Teen depression is a serious problem, but there are ways to fight it.

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Teen depression is a serious problem, but there are ways to fight it.

Bethany Tomblin, Staff Reporter

Everyone has found themselves sad, but sometimes it can go further than that. Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood.
According to ineedalighthouse.org, depression can lead to a 12 time increase in the chances of teens attempting suicide. To properly treat the symptoms, one has to know about the illness.
Symptoms of depression may include not enjoying activities you once did, feeling hopeless, having thoughts of suicide and having difficulties eating, sleeping and doing everyday activities.
This illness can be passed down through genes and if not treated properly, symptoms will continue.
Depression is not visible, and it can even be surprising to know that a loved one is struggling with such illness. Being educated on depression can help you see the symptoms in friends and family.
The first place to start when helping someone with depression is encouraging them. The one major thing that they need is someone to be there for them. Life is never fun going through alone, especially when you’re suffering with depression.
The next step is to, suggest help. There are hundreds of psychologists and counselors prepared and educated to help. School counselors are there for that reason, as well.
Do not act as if it’s nothing. Depression is one of the most serious illnesses and one of the most common for a teen to deal with. It keeps someone from enjoying the wonderful life that they could have.
If people come together, depression can be fought. People will know they’re not alone and the amount of suicides, which continue to sky rocket, can be decreased. When people work together depression can be battled more easily.