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How do I know if I am depressed?

How do I know if I am depressed?

People with depression might feel unusually sad, discouraged, or defeated. They may feel hopeless, helpless, or alone. Some people feel guilty, unworthy, rejected, or unloved. Some people with depression feel, angry, easily annoyed, bitter, or alienated. Any or all of these negative emotions can be part of a depressed mood if they go on for weeks or more.

Negative thinking.

People with depression get stuck in negative thinking. This can make people focus on problems and faults. It can make things seem bleaker than they really are. Negative thinking can make a person believe things will never get better, that problems are too big to solve, that nothing can fix the situation, or that nothing matters.

Negative thinking can be self-critical, too. People may believe they are worthless and unlovable — even though that’s not true. That can lead people with depression to think about harming themselves or about ending their own life. Negative thinking can block our ability to see solutions or realize that a problem is actually temporary.

Low energy and motivation.

People with depression may feel tired, drained, or exhausted. They might move more slowly or take longer to do things. It can feel as if everything requires more effort. People who feel this way might have trouble motivating themselves to do or care about anything.

Poor concentration.

Depression can make it hard to concentrate and focus. It might be hard to do schoolwork, pay attention in class, remember lessons, or stay focused on what others say.

Physical problems.

Some people with depression have an upset stomach or loss of appetite. Some might gain or lose weight. People might notice headaches and sleeping problems when they’re depressed.

Social withdrawing.

People with depression may pull away from friends and family or from activities they once enjoyed. This usually makes them feel more lonely and isolated — and can make negative thinking worse.

Would talking to a therapist help?


When teens are going through a rough time, such as family troubles or problems in school, they might feel more supported if they talk to a therapist. They may be feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by what’s been happening — and need help sorting out their feelings, finding solutions to their problems, or just feeling better. That’s when therapy can help.

Just a few examples of situations in which therapy can help are when someone:

  • feels sad, depressed, worried, shy, or just stressed out
  • is dieting or overeating for too long or it becomes a problem (eating disorders)
  • cuts, burns, or self-injures
  • is dealing with an attention problem (ADHD) or a learning problem
  • is coping with a chronic illness (such as diabetes or asthma) or a new diagnosis of a serious problem such as HIV, cancer, or a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • is dealing with family changes such as separation and divorce, or family problems such as alcoholism or addiction
  • is trying to cope with a traumatic event, death of a loved one, or worry over world events
  • has a habit he or she would like to get rid of, such as nail biting, hair pulling, smoking, or spending too much money, or getting hooked on medications, drugs, or pills
  • wants to sort out problems like managing anger or coping with peer pressure
  • wants to build self-confidence or figure out ways to make more friends

Where can I get help if I feel suicidal?

  1. Talk To Someone Now (parent, guardian, counselor, positive support, or crisis line 602-222-9444)
  2. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. 800-273-8255


How Can I get help?

How can I get Help

Do I have a drug problem?

Take the quiz

The following quiz is an informal self-assessment tool and will enable you to gain insight about drug addiction. While not intended as a formal diagnosis, your results will assist in determining whether treatment for substance abuse may be required.

Are drugs negatively affecting your life?

Mark a check next to each item which apply to you.

Do you ever use drugs for something other than a medical reason?
Is drug use making your life at home difficult?
Do you find it difficult to stop once you start using drugs?
Do you misuse more than one drug at a time?
Has your reputation been affected by your drug use?
Have you found that it takes more drugs to give you the same high (or low)?
Have you ever felt remorse or shame after using drugs?
Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
Do you find yourself hanging out with inferior people when using drugs?
Have you ever lost a friend or relationship due to drugs?
Has a close relative or friend ever worried or complained about your drug use?
Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
Has drug use affected you financially?
Is drug use jeopardizing your academic performance?
Does your parents ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?
Do you use drugs alone?
Have you ever neglected your obligations for two or more days because of drugs?
Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (such as memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding)?
Have you been arrested more than once for drug related incidents (DWI, theft, posession, etc.)?

If you answered yes to as few as 5 of the above questions you may have a drug problem and we recommend you seek professional treatment to address this right away.

Other signs include:

  • a change in peer group
  • carelessness with grooming
  • decline in academic performance
  • missing classes or skipping school
  • loss of interest in favorite activities
  • trouble in school or with the law
  • changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • deteriorating relationships with family members and friends

Through scientific advances, we know more than ever before about how drugs work in the brain. We also know that addiction can be successfully treated to help young people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Intervening early when you first realize you have a drug problem is critical; don’t wait to become addicted before you seek help.

What is the residential program like?

What is the residential program likeThe New Foundation offers a residential treatment center (RTC) that provides a safe, compassionate, and warm environment for adolescents aged 11 through 17 who are struggling with emotional problems, chemical dependency, or both. Our RTC program specializes in short and long-term treatment for teens who are stepping down from inpatient care or moving up from an Intensive Outpatient Program, and still require the structure and safety our program provides. We also offer our RTC program to teens who have not responded well to other types of placements and therapies. Located on 3-acres in Scottsdale, Arizona, our campus-style setting provides a serene environment that promotes healing and recovery. The New Foundation provides a warm living space much like a home environment, a swimming pool, Game room, and a recreational space that helps our clients learn the value of physical fitness for allover health and wellness skills. Our programs are highly structured, supervised and our staff provide an atmosphere of positive strength based interactions to provide a environment for success.

Below is an example schedule of what a typical day looks like in the residential program (schedule is subject to change)

7:15-7:45Dorm Care
7:45-8:00Check in
1:30-2:30Clinical Group
2:45-3:15Phone Calls
4:00-4:40“How To” Group
4:40-5:10Park/Stress Relief
5:50-6:20Journal Topic
6:20-7:00Phone Calls/Games
7:15-8:00Dorm Care
8:00-8:25Positive Affirmations
10:00pmEmpower Bedtime
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