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group of teens walkingThe term depression is very common and can cover a wide range of symptoms and feelings. It generally refers to feeling very down or very sad without hope of feeling better for longer than two weeks.

Depression can be a reaction to life’s stressors, like a traumatic event or a loss of someone close to you. It can also be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain – or it can be a combination of both, or neither.

Depression can occur gradually over time. At times the signs of depression are sometimes ignored, denied or mistakenly seen as a typical part of growing up. People can see the young person as having so many positives, it is hard to believe they might be depressed.

At times, we don't want others to know that something might be wrong with us. We might feel others have their own problems and don’t want to be a burden or a worry to them so we hide what we're feeling and act to convince others nothing is wrong.

Although others may tell you there's no problem, you know yourself better than anyone else. If you have a sense that something is not quite right, there is help for you.