by Kedei Inah on 30th January, 2012 at 4:02 PM CEST

The most common reason why youth fall into depression is because of the feeling of being unloved and unwanted. It happened with me too. When I was younger I fell into deep depression. All I tried and wanted to do were not going the way I imagined, I felt so miserable and there was no one to talk to or anyone to understand the way I truly felt because I was afraid and could not share my feelings.

The projects that I took part in AIESEC Calabar and also working on C:F’s YOUTH for youth Challenge has made me to realize the increasing rate of depression of youth are facing. They mostly are affected and prevented from moving ahead due to social, environmental and economic issues. Each of youth are greatly talented but are wasting away all because of DEPRESSION.

I met a young boy while volunteering; he made a powerful statement, “What is the need of studying so hard to enter the University when you know that you can never pay your tuition.”

According to Wikipedia (2011), depression is from the mind and it is a state of low mood that can affect a person’s physical well being. People get depressed due to feelings of loneliness, frustration, discouragement, disappointment, criticism, limitation, concern about physical appearance, lack of sleep, death of a loved one, ill-health, poverty, lack of self-esteem and these causes them to yarn for alcohol, drugs and even SUICIDE.  It can be experienced by all ages including teenagers. 

The economy is not helping matters to fight youth depression either as parents are busy trying to make ends meet, working whole day, some even have 2 to 3 jobs. And where is the family time? 

In life, no matter the situation and odds you find yourself, always remember that somewhere, someone has passed through the same and has survived. Also, life is not a bed of roses and you will always have obstacles whether you like it or not. All depends on how you handle it. Yes, it’s true that your today can affect your tomorrow. It’s left for you to determine the impact on your future. Do not wait to be happy. Be happy! 

Learn to value yourself and don`t be afraid to share your problems no matter how bad it may seem. Talk to someone about how you feel because somebody out there CARES!!! 

Most importantly learn to love yourself always. I would gladly recommend you rejoice. Try to each day on wake up to force yourself to smile for one minute and you will be surprised of the great wonders it can do for your day. Everybody has one or more reasons to be joyful. Look around, find your reason and be happy always.

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Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Exactly... we should teach our brains positive patterns of behavior, and always to suit ourselves in environment full with positive people. Humans by nature have mimetic desire meaning our desires are not original.. we always select what we want, what we like in other people and tend to achieve the same... it's very complicated network - the brain :))

30th January, 2012 @ 7:37 PM CEST

Olli Niyi-Awosusi

Olli Niyi-Awosusi

I agree with the overly positive message but missives like these can be disheartening for people suffering from actual clinical depression... A positive attitude cannot make such a serious condition just outright disappear.

31st January, 2012 @ 12:53 AM CEST

Vanjo Gerand Gicanal

Vanjo Gerand Gicanal

Aww. I just remembered that I had depression past few months because I stopped schooling. I felt worthless and unwanted. But yes depression won't make you strong, just having a good positiviy in our brain it really counts !

31st January, 2012 @ 5:37 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Kedei, interesting piece on being happy instead of depressed. Truly, voicing out to someone you could save you from feeling dejected. And a positive spirit is essential for happiness.

"Do not wait to be happy. Be happy!" - To lend credence to your words, Joel Osteen said: "Happiness is always a choice. You can't wait for circumstances to get better. You have to create your own good fortune. So look for ways to be happy every day." -

For sure it feels good when you begin the day with a light heart; letting all your worries be set aside. Someone once said to me "Always start your day with a smile. It does not only brighten your day but mine as well."

31st January, 2012 @ 11:45 AM CEST

Joe Barry

Joe Barry

Depression is a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal. This disturbance of mood is characterized by a loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities and can affect anyone. Anxiety. It’s something that we all experience from time to time. Usually it’s a healthy response, a normal bodily reaction to stress. But for some of us anxiety becomes a way of life, a never-ending cycle of fear. One fear begets another fear begets another fear and it continues in a vicious circle, wearing us down, making us feel unable to cope or exist in a “normal” wam

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31st January, 2012 @ 6:21 PM CEST

Hajdi Kostova

Hajdi Kostova | Action team

I guess at some point of our lives we've all been sad (I won't say depressed :) I guess the reason for this lies in our surroundings - people that aren't here for us, people that shouldn't be here yet they are and they hurt us.. "Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assh*les” :)
Well my advice is to chase away the people that hurt us, and try to talk more to those that mean a lot to us. Another thing that has helped me ALOT are inspirational stories. When you loose faith in humanity it's nice to read a story or two about kindness..

31st January, 2012 @ 7:22 PM CEST

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