Feeling down? You're not alone. Everyone feels sad at times.
Sadness is a natural human emotion. Like other emotions, sad feelings come and
go. Sometimes sad feelings last only a moment. Other times, sadness lasts longer or
feels extra strong.
Sad Feelings Are Normal
It's OK to feel sad sometimes. But it feels much better to be happy. So here are
some things every kid should know:
You can cope with sad things
You can do things to ease a
sad mood and feel happier.
A positive attitude can help
you through disappointments.
Learning how to deal with sad feelings can make a big difference
in your life.
When Sadness Is Depression
When you're in a sad mood, it can seem like it will last forever. But usually feelings
of sadness don't last very long — a few moments, a few hours, or maybe
a day or two.
But sometimes sad feelings go on for too long, hurt too deeply, and make it hard
to enjoy the good things about life. This deeper sadness that lasts a lot longer is
Depression can make it seem like problems are too big to deal with. People who
are depressed might think things will never get better. They might feel like they
are worthless or bad. They may be sad or grumpy for weeks, or even longer. They might
not want to hang out anymore or feel too tired to do things like play, go to school,
or go to work.
People get depressed for lots of reasons. Difficult problems or an overload of
stress can lead some people to become
depressed. People might become depressed after losing someone they're close to.
Like any illness, depression is not the person's fault. People who are depressed
can get better and feel happier. If
you think you or someone you know has depression or sadness that will not go away,
talk to an adult about it. Ask the adult to help.
Getting Help for Depression
People who have depression should let someone know how they feel. They need to
reach out for help. Sometimes kids and adults with depression need help from a doctor,
therapist, or counselor who
knows all about depression.
When people get help with depression, their sad moods and thoughts can become brighter
and more positive again. Problems seem easier to solve. They get their energy back.
They feel better about themselves. They feel more hopeful. Depression starts to lift
with each positive step.
Here are things you can do. These things are simple. But they are very powerful
Take time to notice the good
things about life, no matter how small
It also helps to share your feelings with someone who cares. There is always somebody
to talk to when you are sad or depressed — like a parent, relative, doctor,
teacher, counselor, coach, or close adult friend. You feel better when someone knows
what you're going through. The other person can help you think of ways to make the
It helps to talk about what's
wrong, but be sure to talk together about good things, too. Paying attention to the
good stuff (especially during sad times) can help turn your mood in a positive direction.