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Depressed or not

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how to know if you have depression


Hey there, welcome to Ask Alex,

First and foremost, we want to  acknowledge the courage it takes to reach out and ask such an important question. It’s incredibly brave of you to look for answers and support, and we want you to know that you’re not alone in this journey. Many teenagers go through similar experiences, and there are people and resources available to help you through this challenging time.
Feeling down or experiencing a lack of interest in things you once enjoyed can sometimes be signs of depression, but it’s essential to understand that we are not medically trained professionals in Childline. While we can offer support and guidance, the best way to know for sure if what you’re experiencing is depression is to seek help from a healthcare professional. They can assess your symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and offer treatment options tailored to your needs.
Getting a medical diagnosis is crucial because depression can manifest differently in each person, and what you’re feeling could be influenced by various factors. Additionally, a professional can rule out other potential causes for your symptoms and provide you with the appropriate support and resources. You may find this article helpful
There are organisations like and that specialise in supporting young people’s mental health. They offer valuable resources, information, and support which can be incredibly beneficial on your journey towards understanding and managing your mental health.
Remember, you are never alone in this. If you ever need someone to talk to or explore your options with, the Childline team are here for you 24/7. You can reach out to us by phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat service on Our compassionate team is dedicated to supporting young people like you and ensuring you have the help and guidance you need. You can talk to us confidentially and without judgment, day or night, there will always be someone for you to chat with.
Please know that it’s okay to ask for help and that taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. You deserve to feel supported, understood, and empowered to ask for the help you need to live a fulfilling and healthy life.
Take care, and remember, there are brighter days ahead and people who care about you,

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