Feeling sad is something that happens to all of us from time to time. However, feeling sad for long periods of time can become quite detrimental. If you or someone you know has been feeling sad, irritable, cranky or fatigued then they may be demonstrating the early signs of depression. Adolescent and young adult depression can impact significantly on work and study. Many individuals can also find themselves withdrawing from their relationships with family, friends and loved ones.
Whether someone develops depression is often influenced by the ways they manage the challenges they face. The effectiveness of these methods are often dependent on an individual’s past experience. This can be problematic for adolescents and young adults, who are encountering a vast range of new challenges for the first time, and are not equipped with experience-based strategies and ways to cope.
If you think yourself or someone you care about may be experiencing depression, know that help is available! Seeking assistance from a trained professional early on, even if you are not sure as to what you are experiencing, is an excellent way to ensure you are able to make the most of your time as a young adult and are best equipped to face the challenges of adulthood. Our Emotional Health Check Up is an easy way forward.