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Depression

Depression can show up differently in teens or young adults than it does in older adults, so it is important to know the common signs of youth depression. They may seem bored, tired, or have low energy and/or motivation. Sleep problems are also common, both oversleeping and having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Adolescents and young adults may seem very self-critical, or they may become very irritable with others. Depression can interfere with school performance, peer and family relationships, and may put youth at increased risk for self-injury, substance use, or suicide.

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This video show a straight forward animated description of depression including stats about medication, therapy, and other forms of healing. Further, it explains how to help someone with depression, ways to aid yourself, and others.

Dark Squidge, a comedy youtuber, talks about depression in a way that add humor, allowing the audience to see another side of mental health that does not have to be discussed in complete seriousness.

Youtuber, Jouelzy, talks about dealing with her depression. In this video, as well as others, she is talking about how black women can deal with mental health issues as well as other things. Her kindness and vulnerability is clear as she approaches these topics in a way that feel accessible and thoughtful.

Using scientifically proven principles, this guidebook gives refreshing skills based advice to those at risk of developing anxiety and depression. The book provides easy to understand material that it not overwhelming for teens as well as approaching topics with maturity and openness.

Cait Irwin was diagnosed with major depression at the age of fourteen, and she nearly lost her battle with the illness before she was able to receive the treatment she so desperately needed. In Monochrom Days, Irwin, now an adult and a successful artist, she shares her recount of the story.

Claire Legrand's 'Some Kind of Happiness' shines a light on a family with secrets. When 11-year-old Finley Hart gets shipped off to her grandparents so her parents can address their broken marriage, she wonders why she's never met them before and why her father is estranged.

Amanda Beard, an Olympic gold medalist, did not know how to deal with the intensity of her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain and internally suffered from a variety of mental health issues. Beard talks about the pressure of being an athlete and how she overcame her depression to thrive in this hypercompetitive enviroment.

Resources for Adolescents and Parents are online resources aimed specifically at adolescents and young adults and their parents.

Q&A website focused on a variety of questions about mental health, teen life, and pretty much everything else.

In this interview Billie Eilish talks about her Tourette syndrome, body dysmorphic disorder, and depression honestly and with deep vulnerability.

Your favorite Young Adult authors including Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD.

In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores main charecter Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.

Dr. Brenner provides some excellent context for LGBTQ+ individuals on the powerful life experiences that fundamentally impact our sense of well-being.

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Video

What is Depression?

Helen Farrell

This video show a straight forward animated description of depression including stats about medication, therapy, and other forms of healing. Further, it explains how to help someone with depression, ways to aid yourself, and others.

Video

Non-Depression Depression Video

Dark Squidge

Dark Squidge, a comedy youtuber, talks about depression in a way that add humor, allowing the audience to see another side of mental health that does not have to be discussed in complete seriousness.

Video

On Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

Jouelzy

Youtuber, Jouelzy, talks about dealing with her depression. In this video, as well as others, she is talking about how black women can deal with mental health issues as well as other things. Her kindness and vulnerability is clear as she approaches these topics in a way that feel accessible and thoughtful.

Book

Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive

Jacqueline B. Toner

Using scientifically proven principles, this guidebook gives refreshing skills based advice to those at risk of developing anxiety and depression. The book provides easy to understand material that it not overwhelming for teens as well as approaching topics with maturity and openness.

Book

Monochrome Days: A First-Hand Account of One Teenager's Experience With Depression

Cait Irwin

Cait Irwin was diagnosed with major depression at the age of fourteen, and she nearly lost her battle with the illness before she was able to receive the treatment she so desperately needed. In Monochrom Days, Irwin, now an adult and a successful artist, she shares her recount of the story.

Book

Some Kind Of Happiness

Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand's 'Some Kind of Happiness' shines a light on a family with secrets. When 11-year-old Finley Hart gets shipped off to her grandparents so her parents can address their broken marriage, she wonders why she's never met them before and why her father is estranged.

Book

In the Water They Can't See You Cry

Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard, an Olympic gold medalist, did not know how to deal with the intensity of her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain and internally suffered from a variety of mental health issues. Beard talks about the pressure of being an athlete and how she overcame her depression to thrive in this hypercompetitive enviroment.

Website

Resources for Adolescents and Parents

adolescenthealth.org

Resources for Adolescents and Parents are online resources aimed specifically at adolescents and young adults and their parents.

Website

Q&A for Emotional Health

goaskalice.columbia.edu

Q&A website focused on a variety of questions about mental health, teen life, and pretty much everything else.

Article

5 Times Billie Eilish Got Real About Mental Health

Arden Fanning Andrews | Vogue

In this interview Billie Eilish talks about her Tourette syndrome, body dysmorphic disorder, and depression honestly and with deep vulnerability.

Book

Life Inside My Mind

Multiple Authors

Your favorite Young Adult authors including Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD.

Book

Winter Girls

Laurie Halse Anderson

In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores main charecter Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.

Article

Understanding Anxiety and Depression for LGBTQ People

Brad Brenner, ADAA

Dr. Brenner provides some excellent context for LGBTQ+ individuals on the powerful life experiences that fundamentally impact our sense of well-being.