Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Young People with Depression

If you have depression, you're not alone. This list is for those who are facing depression and advice for what they're going through.

The Top Ten

1 Don't commit suicide

I don't care how backed into a corner you feel right now. Don't end your life. Just hang on for a little while longer. Ending it all will just upset the people in your life. Talk to someone about how you are feeling. Cry as much as you need to. Scream into a pillow if you have to. Showing emotion is not a weakness, as much as society would like to tell you otherwise. You can get through this. There are people in this world who really care about you, even if you don't believe it. It's okay to not be okay. You can do this because you are stronger than you think. I believe in you. - Atham

This isn't the easy way out of depression. This is the coward's way out. I thought of this myself, but I realized that it would hurt a whole lot of people, my parents, my close relatives, the rest of everyone here and other friends. Yes, it doesn't do anyone any good. People will give you love and support, and the CLOSEST PEOPLE YOU HAVE are likely the ones to save your life. - Nonpointed

Exactly. I shall be a theoretical physicist soon whose face shall be on T.V., me having an intellectual family, and many more before I shall cherished all of these memories before death. I shall become a scavenger soon, it's too soon of thinking about suicide and end it all with no restarts; I have to cherish on and move forward. - Kevinsidis

I'm a writer with stories that won't spend without me. That's why I'm still here. - Cyri

2 Go to an adult

I've tried to help someone on this site who has some serious depression. I know I've had depression, but I at least go through and get through the problems without resorting to a drastic measure or anything bad. Being not just an adult, but a tutor and someone who's seen and helped some depressed students, I can be trusted to help anyone who is struggling with depression - Nonpointed

Plus you don't want to make the adults feel like it's their fault and make them feel guilty for something that which you feel at fault for. I'm not saying telling someone is a bad idea, just maybe make sure that they're a trained professional - SirSheep

I have talked to a adult before, and again it only temporarily works. I've talked to a school officer about it, and I've talked to my counselor but the relief doesn't last.

Well you need to go to the right adult. Someone you trust and have a good relationship with. Someone who cares about you and is willing to help you overcome your situation - Randomator

3 Be compassionate with yourself

When you have depression, you can feel very negative to yourself and blame yourself for so many negative things you've done. Don't be hard on yourself, always be compassionate with positive things or moments you've at least experienced or done.

4 Take your diagnosis seriously
5 Ignore people who say bad things about you

In a state like this, if someone says something negative to you, try to ignore them. A way to do that is try thinking of happy thoughts or any other positive things. DON'T try to attack or hurt them.

6 Accept help, even if you think you don't need it

This is very important. When you're in depression and someone says they want to help you, accept their help. Don't say things like "I'm fine" cause deep down, you're not.

7 Invest in healthy lifestyle changes

That doesn't change anything - TwilightKitsune

8 Think about people with worse lives

A lot of depressed people I know say their lives suck, but given that I've had to struggle with things ranging from gender dysphoria, incredibly low income due to lack of a job, ridicule on religion, bullying at school, parents urging me to do everything, I know I have a much worse life overall. But at the same time, I want to help the ones who continually say they're depressed by saying how much I've had to struggle, and WHY I am trying to make sure their life isn't like what I have to deal with. - Nonpointed

What do you want the depressed people to do? Jump around dancing whole singing "Yay! The children in Africa are starving! "? Someone having it worse than you doesn't fix the problem you have at the moment - TwilightKitsune

That's not how depression works - Atham

No ok maybe the person with the best life can have depression for their mind can't hold the pressure they are holding...its not always about what u don't have, but what u can hold like the people with worse lives such as the children in africa are like suffering so much...and yes they can have depression but some don't for they are strong and have the mental capacity so don't say this whoever put this on the list is wrong - zquad1234

9 Talk to God

God would always help you in times of need. He is always there for you.

Don't even try to throw God into this list. Some of the people here don't even worship God!

God isn't real - TwilightKitsune

No, thank you. Keep your God away from me. - Kevinsidis

10 Do something you like doing

There's literally nothing left to do that I like - TwilightKitsune

Try doing anything you're interested in or what you like, it can help cure depression.

The Contenders

11 Don't do anything illegal

Don't drink alcohol, do drugs, or anything like that, or even kill yourself. It'll only cause you to be worse. Seek help from others.

12 Ask yourself questions about what you're thinking about yourself

Already do that - TwilightKitsune

When depressed, you can view yourself as a complete failure or a bad person. However, try asking these questions:

-How do I know whether I'm a failure or not?

-Was this always true?

-Are there any expectations?

13 Hang around people that make you happy
14 There's hope
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