Teen Section

In a world where connection is at our fingertips, feelings of being misunderstood and loneliness can be overwhelming.

Being a teenager is challenging. It’s a time when hormones change, personal identity starts to form, and a desire to be independent takes up a lot of space and energy. When symptoms of depression or bipolar enter the scene, it adds a layer of complexity that can be difficult to navigate. The more you know about mood disorder symptoms, the more prepared you’ll be to cope with them.


The DBSA Teen Support Group Pilot Program has Concluded

Teen support groups are designed to be welcoming spaces for teens 14-18 living with mood disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder.  DBSA’s teen support group pilot has concluded. Check back periodically to see the latest developments.


What are mood disorders?

Everyone has good days and bad days, but sometimes a bad day lasts for more than a few days or weeks. 

Learn About Depression Learn About Bipolar Disorder


If you think you may be experiencing depression or bipolar disorder, a good place to start is DBSA’s screening center.

Take a Screener

Story Spotlight

Naomi was diagnosed with major depressive disorder when she was 12 years old. Read about her challenges with suicidal ideation and the hope that brought her through the storm.

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What if I’m Having Suicidal Thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts can be scary and overwhelming which is why it’s important to let others know how you’re feeling. If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, call 988, use Lifeline Chat, or text DBSA to 741-741. If you are not currently experiencing a crisis but have in the past, learn how to set up a safety plan.

Safety Planning

Find Inspiration

Being diagnosed with depression or bipolar as a teen can feel like a life sentence. Without success stories, it’s easy to think you will always feel this way and that you won’t be able to have the life you had hoped for.

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