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I think I may have depression

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I dunno. I’ve always cry over the stupidest things, I’ve had suicidal thoughts, I can never fully concentrate, I’ve been usually hiding in my room depressed even when something good happens I will still be sad, and for about a year I’ve had lots of chest pains. My parents and friend say it’s just being a teenager but I don’t know.

I think I may have depression

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Thank you for reaching out to us here at PsychCentral. I am glad you took the time to write.

It isn’t just being a teenager—it is just being human. Most of us will go through periods of time when some of the feelings you are having will surface. When this happens it is important to find a way to talk about it and find ways to deal with it. Because you have listed your age at 13 –I would let the guidance counselor in school know that you want to talk about these feelings. This is a good way to talk to someone who is trained and understands.

You are the only one who knows exactly how you feel, and I would encourage you to trust that fact. You know it is more uncomfortable than others, like your parents and friends, my understand. The guidance counselors in your school should be able to help. Sometimes just talking about the feelings can be enough to make a difference. I would ask to talk to one of them as soon as you can.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I think I may have depression

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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