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Warning Signs that a Young Woman is in Trouble

If you are feeling suicidal or unsafe now or need immediate help:
Dial 911 or the operator and just ask for help or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Room.

Some of the symptoms of depression in adolescents are evident, and some are more subtle and difficult to detect. Knowing some warning signs can be helpful, but no list is entirely complete, and your "gut reaction" that someone is in trouble, is in itself enough to reach out for help.

What you can do:

  1. Dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency room
  2. Call your pediatrician, a parent, a psychiatrist, crisis center, mental health center or hospital
  3. Call a hotline

Some Signs of Depression:

  • Declining school grades
  • Feeling "blue" or "down"
  • Needing to do things perfectly
  • Increased isolation
  • Loss of interest in what normally is enjoyed.
  • Low self esteem
  • Negative thoughts about self and future
  • Lack of energy
  • Anxiety, guilt or phobias
  • Sudden change of personality
  • Change in sleep or eating patterns
  • Alcohol/Drug use
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Easily frustrated
  • Large mood swings (sad one day, happy the next)
  • Reoccurring physical complaints
  • Difficulty with decisions
  • Poor problem-solving skills

The following signs are quite serious and indicate a need for immediate attention:

  • Thoughts or speaking of harming oneself or others
  • Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Giving away cherished possessions

Another Important Note: Actively drinking or using drugs with these feelings increases the potential risk of hurting oneself or others, as does access to firearms/weapons.

Remember: If anyone expresses thoughts of suicide, the most important thing that you can do is to take that seriously. Seek professional advice immediately.

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