Depression goes beyond feeling sad. It is a feeling of sadness and emptiness that doesn’t go away. Depression can limit a young person’s motivation and enjoyment of life; it can interrupt their sleep, activity levels, school performance, and relationships.
Depression is unfortunately common; around 1 in 6 young people experience depression during their adolescence. Without treatment, the consequences of depression can be serious. There are a number of treatments that can help manage symptoms of depression, including professional support.