A cry for help

By Sanjay Chugh

August 2001

Each year thousands of teenagers commit suicide in India. It is because depression is now increasingly bedeviling both children and adolescents

Depression is not a disease limited to the adult population. Teenagers also suffer depression, which is a treatable illness. Depression in adolescence could best be understood as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function.

A significant percentage of children and adolescents suffer from depression at any given time. In my practice, I have seen this number growing at a rapid pace over the last few years. Children who are stressed, have experienced loss, or those who have attention-related learning, conduct or anxiety disorders, are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families.

The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults. Child and adolescent psychiatrists advise parents to be aware of signs of depression in their youngsters.


If one or more of the following signs of depression persist, parents should seek help for their children:

• Frequent sadness, feeling low or weepy

• Hopelessness

• Decreased interest in previously favorite activities

• Persistent boredom, low energy

• Increased social isolation, poor communication

• Worthlessness, low self-esteem

• Feelings of guilt

• Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure

• Increased irritability, anger, or hostility

• Difficulty with relationships

• Frequent complaints of headaches and stomachaches

• Frequent absences from or poor performance in school

• Poor concentration

• Major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns

• Talk of or efforts to run away from home

• Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self-destructive behavior

A child who often played with friends may now spend more time alone and without interests. Things that the teenager enjoyed now bring little joy. Children and adolescents who are depressed may say they want to die or may talk about suicide. Depressed children and adolescents are at increased risk of suicide. Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way to feel
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teen age is transition period which is alarming biologically. children are more curious to know its demanding desire as well wish to experience practically. parents show unwanted anxiety during that period. teens hate the commanding questions like why, what for, don‘ts and various suggestions. the reactive tendency is more during that period. we must politely educate them. the hormonal disturbances also take the teens to depression.

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I will give possible help to needy children.
contact me

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as a matter of fact depression occure in life when we do not have favourable environment and what we want to do people do not let us do that
in teenager depression ocures when they are not guided by elder at the stage of adoloscence
maria ejaz
student of psychology

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Ashwani Agarwal

If one is able to shift selfs breathing process the ShwaasPathy way then stress killing becomes functional and one is able to start concentrating on work.

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renu kakkar

medication is what the doctors will advise..mood elivators i think they call them... i am not a doctor but a divine reiki master and have had some patients of depression that i have helped..including children who are frustrated at not being able to study properly/behaviour pattern etc....reiki with the help of chakra healing and therapy of amethyst pendant properly charged brings about remarkable improvement...this stone properly charged i have also sent to a 6 years girl in the uk...one engineer student also improved after it was given to him...my children wear it for their studies..it helps in mental balance and other mind related problems.

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Mahima Pangasa

Children suffering from depression have a really hard time.And depression is such a disorder that cannot be easily overcome.It requires professional help and family and friend‘s suppport.A depressed child may feel hopeless from inside,but it is the duty of the parents to take care and guide the child.A depressed child should be kept under supervision,their activities must be examined and based on their behaviour,the adult should guide them.I have seen quite a lot depressed students myself,i myself am a class 12 psychology student,therefore am trying to highlight what is depression and how is it to be handled.This is a serious mental disorder ,and maximum disorders are followed up by this disorder itself.
So if you see your child depressed,it time to talk about it and deal with it effectively.

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Paramjit Kaur

Depression can be the cause of some hidden thought that get pilled up in our subconscious mind from day to day -ve act around us. The answer to it is holistic healing with mind programming results are wonderful

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According to Dr. Darryl Cross from his book called The Dark Clouds at Work, most of the time, it is the colleagues or close friends who notice the depression even before the actual person acknowledges it. http://www.depressionatwork.com So in this regards, I think it is VERY helpful to listen and pay close attention to those around you for they may be crying for help already.

Thank you for the inspiring article! :)

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Any body especially student can contact me for counselling and free meditation sessions my no is 09755683337.AT RAIPUR CHATTISGARH.

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Hi Gargi!

I‘m not a psychologist or something else, i‘m just an average hungarian teenage boy. if You need help, i can‘t do much, but i offer You that i will listen to your problems, if You want to talk to someone, if You need a friendly word from someone, i‘m here. if You are about to accept this help, then send a mail to me: mr.angelo@freemail.hu

hope this‘ll help!

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hi,my name is lara.i am eleven years old,i don‘t want to live, there‘s no point.i know everyone says that u should not kill yourself and blah blah blah,but even when i tried to be nice and be happy,my family just doesn‘t love me anymore.i just don‘t know what to do...

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for past 2 yr i m suffering form depression regarding the atmosphere provided to me from my family members
they also dont want to live with me and i also not want to ruin my life like this
i need help
plz helpme

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mercadez maiale

Hi, I‘ve had difficulties with my anger and depression for a long while. I‘m now 18 years old and still depressed, I became more violent I notices. When I was 13 I cut myself , not for attention but a coping way to deal with things. I tried to avoid attention really. I tried to quit but the urge to cut again and it‘s hard to hide the scars now since I have a boyfriend. Lately we haven‘t been doing good cuz I‘m jus so irritated and upset. I feel so drained and discombobulated . I don‘t feel the same . I have thought and I swore I would never think about that again. But it‘s back, I know I don‘t have the guts to do it and thank God I don‘t but I still have the thoughts. I‘m not happy, everything is so sensitive. I can‘t control my thoughts I don‘t know who I am. I jus wanna escape but I got nowhere to go. I feel,like I‘m in the dark. I jus don‘t know anymore .

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People suffering from depression, esp. students, should be relieved from academic pressure, motivate them to take a break and indulge in activities that occupies them most, like painting, singing, dancing, etc. in which one can‘t loose concentration. When one is occupied with such stuffs, they will realize their potential, eatablish self-worth, and hence it can be the first step of ladder towrds recovery.

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