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VBchica
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I think i am in the early stages of depression. I have been crying over things that i don't normally care about, been sick and mad at my friends a lot, and not wanting to go out at have fun. IM 15 and everyone always says that high school is the best years of your life, so im trying so hard to have fun and enjoy myself, but when u really have to TRY to have some fun that's pretty bad. I was just wondering if there was anything i could do to prevent this or making me even worse.
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Lady Moonlight
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Ease up on yourself, hon.

First of all, high school is not necessarily "the best time your life" and there are times when I think whoever first started that silly myth should be smacked upside the head with a wet noodle. You couldn't pay me enough to re-live my high school years. :P

Things will get better, really, and you have many "best times" in your life to look forward too. Meanwhile, enjoy yourself when you can, but remember that this is a time for learning about your world (and I don't just mean school stuff), about stretching your horizons, and about slowly getting comfortable in your own skin.

It's normal to be depressed some of the time; nearly everybody is because of situations, or hormones, or whatever. However, if you find yourself thinking about hurting yourself, or if you spend so much time depressed that it seriously affects your grades or your social relationships, you probably should talk to a school counselor or another adult you trust, and see about getting some professional help.

Something else you might consider is keeping a journal. A journal can be a good outlet for your feelings, and also provide a way for you to look back and see if there's any sort of pattern to your depressed episodes. While you're writing, try to find something good to write about each day, to help balance your gloomy perspective.

Good luck.

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ErinK
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When I was 16, someone gave me the best advice I've heard in a long time, and I'd like to share it with you.

I was upset because high school's supposed to be the best time of my life and, well, it wasn't.

A very wise person said, "If you've had the best times in your life by the time you're 18 years old, what on earth do you have left to look forward to, especially if you live until you're in you're 70s or 80s?"

So, that's my advice. I figure I've got a lot to look forward to, starting right now.

Erin


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