Psychology Research

Family options

Information for young persons (12 to 18)

If you are experiencing signs of depression, you are not alone. Research tells us that about one in five adolescents will suffer depressive symptoms during adolescence which are severe enough to impair their intellectual and social activities. People who experience depression also show higher rates of other problems like anxiety or alcohol or drug use that feels out of control. Depression can also impact on your relationships with your family, friends and education. The good news is that:

Depression is a treatable problem. It is ok to ask for help. Some of the common signs that you might be experiencing depression include:

  • Feeling sad, miserable or irritable most of the time OR lost interest or enjoyment in usual activities
  • Feeling restless, agitated or slowed down
  • Reduced OR increased appetite
  • Loss of energy and feeling tired
  • Poor sleep
  • Feeling that life is not worth living
  • Difficulty concentrating or making up your mind
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Not doing so well at work, school or university
  • Experiencing changes in your relationships with family and friends

For more information and/or to fill out a depression checklist, please select from the following links:

What is depression?

Depression checklist.

The Family Options Program offers services to parents of young persons aged 12 to 18. The services offered include parent and family programs, which you will be invited to join with your parents, in later stages of the group.

If you are really worried and want to speak to someone now, please call any of the following services: Lifeline 13 11 14, the Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 or SANE Australia 1800 18 SANE (7263). If it is an emergency, please call 000 or go to your local emergency department.

For further information about the group programs that are offered as part of the Family Options research project, please select the following link:


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5th July 2012