I've been feeling down lately
Question in full: i know that i hav a great life compared to other people but i've been feeling really down lately and i think i might have depression, i'm not sure if i'm actually overreacting or trying to get attention with out realising. i cant help feeling that i should feel happier
Dear “I know that I have a great life”. I am so sorry to hear this. Feeling low (and depression is an extreme form of this) is actually very common, and everyone experiences times when they feel down, no matter how privileged they might be. But many people suffer in silence, never telling anyone how they feel, so well done for making your feelings known. Now we need to do something about it! When people become low, they can start to experience some physical symptoms. These include loss of, or interrupted, sleep, waking up early; reduced appetite and weight loss (and sometimes the reverse, ie, increased appetite and weight gain); poor concentration and reduced energy levels. Occasionally, when people are really low, they can have thoughts of harming themselves, or even suicidal thoughts. If you are having any of these kinds of thoughts, you really must go and see someone, such as your family doctor, right away. There are lots of things that can be done to lift your mood. The first thing is to let someone know how you are feeling. This could be your parents, your friends, your teacher, or your family doctor. Simply sharing your thoughts can often improve how you feel. If necessary, your doctor might make arrangements for you to see a counsellor, or a psychologist, who will talk to you about how you feel, and suggest ways of thinking more positively. Some people find this very helpful. Occasionally, people need medication to help them. Again, this can be very effective. With the above help and support, most people start to feel better, although it may take a little while. I doubt you are “overreacting”. You need to make your feelings known to someone soon. Good luck!