What To Do Next:
Act & Seek Care

Tell an Adult

  • If a teenager is concerned about depression in themselves or someone they know, it’s best to tell an adult they trust
  • Depression is a treatable medical illness
  • Friends, peers, and family members can often recognize depression in another person before that person realizes something is wrong
  • Seeking help yourself or helping a friend is brave and the right thing to do
  • Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of responsibility and resilience

Talk to Your Doctor

  • Primary care physicians should be comfortable discussing symptoms of depression
  • If you know your primary care provider already, it may be more comfortable to discuss symptoms with them
  • Primary care physicians can provide a diagnosis and start treatment
  • Your primary care physician can assess if and when you need a referral to a behavioral health specialist

Get Early Intervention

  • The majority of mental health problems seen in adults start in childhood and adolescence
  • The time delay from symptoms to when treatment is finally received can unfortunately be years
  • Early intervention can improve functioning later in life
  • There are many professionals including school-based counselors, pediatricians, or family doctors that can give advice with diagnosis and treatment

Receive Professional Evaluation

  • Depression is a treatable medical illness
  • If there is a concern about a teenager, it’s wise to get an evaluation and get more information
  • A diagnosis and treatment received from a professional evaluation can reduce unnecessary suffering