Depression: A Long Dark Tunnel
By Chloe-Ann, age 14, South Wales, United Kingdom
I'm feeling low, and I have for a while. What's wrong with me?
Everyone goes through a period of time that they feel low. Some even get so low that they want to end everything. This feeling you're getting will pass. You just need to keep your chin up and smile. It's going to be hard. But you'll never go through life without the downs.
You could try sharing your feelings with someone - a teacher or a fellow student, a family member perhaps. It's always good sharing feelings; it will make you feel better. So talking's always good.
I like to think about depression like this: You're in a long dark tunnel. You can see a white dot at the end - the end to the depression. You're going to have to walk over to that white dot to come out the other side. You'll have some difficulties while you're on your way, but you'll soon get there. And when you do, you'll be a totally different person, inside and out.
A counselor or social worker (someone who gives advice) is always a nice thing to think about. They're always there to listen, and hey, they're dedicated to their jobs so the door is always open. They're always nice and all ears too. They are highly trained to give professional advice too. If you get too low, and nothing has worked for you, you need to go see someone about it. No one should stay in that dark tunnel.