My discovery into conquering depression and social anxiety has been an ongoing challenge for just over a year and a half, where I have had many ups and downs throughout this period of time and struggled to keep myself a positive person.
This is similar to my post “Generation of sadness” where I expressed my views on teen depression and the outrageous statistics about mental health within children. I want to explore how teens can fight what they believe to be a losing battle and give myself a small reminder that you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain and try so desperately to keep myself positive.
Teens are delicate creatures that are stuck in between of child and adult still in the confusing state of which part to act like or in fact which they are treated as and discovering the main confusing things that come with puberty.
What is Teen Depression?
Teen depression isn’t just kids looking for attention or feeling sad because they fell out with their friend or saying “I’m gunner commit if I don’t get these grades” Teen depression, is feeling utterly hopeless and lost in a place where everyone seems to believe it’s the best part of your life. Making you feel guilty for not having the time of your life or even being interested in life at all.
It’s smiling but ugly crying on the inside most days. It’s skipping school or turning up late because you just can’t bring yourself to get out of bed. It’s being angry at everyone even if the only thing they have done is say good morning or how are you. It’s not knowing whether you want to try or just give up. It’s being utterly heartbroken by your past, present or future.
What is Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety is not being able to go to parties with people that you know without panics and nervousness or wanting to buy something but not having the guts to go the counter alone. This is more than shyness or lack of confidence, we all know this has a factor of social anxiety but it’s the nervousness of social situation that really affects teens this day and age.
It’s a sinking feeling that builds up inside you at the very thought of being a part of some social situation. A feeling that can’t be explained and even for me to be pinned down to a particular social situation that has caused this problem.
How can we understand this and work to improve the many statistics?
The above are just a small number of mental health issues that teens are suffering with on a daily basis, struggling to breathe under the constant pressure of daily life. But what can be done to help understand what these young adults are going through? Well, no one can really understand because everyone’s story is different, everyone has different struggles and self-consciousness. These can be solved by getting medication, counseling or something that will help.
Mental health can escalate quickly leading to isolation, self-harm and in some cases suicide which for many adults is hard to understand that young children / teens have these thoughts never mind act upon them. For me adults needs to understand that children aren’t always happy and aren’t always ok:
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Feeling tired a lot of the time
- No concentration
- High mood changes
- Isolation themselves
Not every child is full of flare and happiness and not every teen see these years as the best of their life.
I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and you aren’t given a battle that you can’t handle but it does make you think why am I feeling like this at the point of giving up. I need to make sure I am constantly reminded that rainbows follow rain and It’s not as bad as I make out so I don’t need to slip to where I was just a year ago.