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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds In my case of depression, I used to get very angry and quite irritated with my parents and my friends, and the silly little things that my mum used to do. Like, she used to butter her toast the wrong way, and it just would just make me angry. And I wouldn’t want to see my friends, in case I snapped at them and they wouldn’t want to be my friends anymore. The only way I could describe being depressed is being in your own sort of haze, where you feel like other people can’t understand what’s going on, or they just don’t get it. I felt really unhap– not really unhappy with myself, just I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t– I was empty.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds I didn’t have any emotions in general. So it was a really horrible state of mind to be in, and people just thought, oh she’s just sad. But I really couldn’t relay that across, because it was such a pressured state of mind for me. I was really guilty about it all the time, like I was a burden to other people just being there, and that I wasn’t worth their time, I wasn’t worth people’s attention.

Young person's view: Depression

In this Step, we meet Jack and Emma – two young people who’ve experienced depression. We’ll hear about how depression affected them. Please watch the clip and try to pick out the main signs and symptoms which they highlight. Please note: For the purposes of the course, these characters are played by actors but based on real case examples.

There are further links to video examples of young people experiencing depression in our ‘See also’ section, found at the bottom of this Step. It’s worth checking this section when working through each Step for any further reading or additional information.

On the next Step you’ll hear the perspective of a parent who is caring for a young person with depression.

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Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People

University of Reading