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Depression Symptoms

answered 09:27 AM EST, Tue July 09, 2013
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I'm 15 years old, and over the past couple of months I've felt down. I do not enjoy my usual hobbies as much as I use to. I have intrusive thoughts that tell me to stop getting good grades and stop bodybuilding (two things I take pride in). I have a constant headache and feel hopeless to an extent. Should I tell my parents. What should I do?

Anna Deeds Says...

Anna Deeds A. Deeds

Thank you for your question. I would definitely tell your parents. You can also try talking to your school guidance counselor who can refer you to a counselor. Your symptoms seem to fit the criteria for depression but I would need more information to make an accurate diagnosis. It's a good idea to get a complete physical from your doctor as well because there could be a biological reason for your symptoms. Headaches aren't a common symptom of depression so something else could be causing the headaches. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any supplements as a part of your bodybuilding. It is possible that even over the counter supplements could affect your health. 

I hope you feel better and everything works out so you can return to your usual activities and see an improvement in your mood.

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