Depression Talk To Us



Major depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a serious medical illness that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health.


In 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to NIMH. Twenty percent of teens will experience depression before reaching adulthood. 

  • The death rate from suicide (11.3 per 100,000 population) remains higher than the death rate for chronic liver disease, Alzheimer’s, homicide, arteriosclerosis or hypertension.
  • For every two homicides committed in the United States, there are three suicides.
  • The suicide rate for older adults is more than 50 percent higher than the rate for the nation as a whole.
  • Up to two-thirds of older adult suicides are attributed to untreated or misdiagnosed depression.
  • Untreated depression is the number one risk for suicide among youth.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and the fourth leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds.
  • Young males age 15-24 are at highest risk for suicide, with a ratio of males to females at 7:1.


How do I know if I am depressed?

  • ​Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment


Talk to a trusted adult such as a parent, physician or counselor.

Call Centerstone at (888) 291-HELP to schedule an appointment with a therapist. If you feel like you need immediate help, please call (800) 681-7444 for 24-hour Crisis Services.