A lot of people wonder if they’re just having a bad week, or if they might be experiencing a problem like depression. In general, it’s a good idea to talk with a doctor or health professional if:
Low mood or other signs of depression are not going away on their own and have lasted two weeks or more.
It’s bothering you and causing problems in your life.
You’re having a hard time taking care of yourself.
You’ve had thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life.
Remember, you aren’t responsible for diagnosing yourself! If you have concerns about your mental health, it’s better to seek help early—don’t wait and see if things get worse. You might be navigating a lot of big changes: Starting high school, graduating high school, pursuing post-secondary education, leaving home, starting a career, and more. Some of these changes are exciting, and some may be a bit scary or overwhelming. Any change can be stressful, and stress can have a big impact on your mood. It’s normal to feel sad or low from time to time, but feeling low or sad most of time may be a sign that you need extra support.