How to cope with depression as a teenager

Biblical Steps to overcome sadness and depression as a teenager

1. Ask Jesus to help you

A lot of what we think in our lives will change over time. That is why we need “godly parents” to guide and encourage us. However, even without supportive parents, we have God—our “Abba Father,” and He hears the cry of His children. (Galatians 3:26)

However, not everyone is God’s child; only those who believe, repent (metanoia), and, most importantly, abide in Jesus. Therefore, one of the most important questions is if you abide in Jesus—which means you eagerly seek Him each day and obey His words.

  • Ask Jesus to strengthen your faith and give you a repentant heart.
  • Lean not on your understanding but acknowledge and thank God for all your troubles.
  • Jesus has your back and will never turn away those who seek him. (1 Peter 5:7)

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus has your back.


2. Confess your sins

Obey your parents

“Honor your parents” is the first commandment that promises it will be “good and well with you.” But the opposite is true: It will not be well with you if you dishonor your parents by disobeying them.

Trauma, finances, or bad relationships can cause depression. However, depression is often rooted in a rebellious and disobedient heart. We want to do things our way, causing us to disobey our parents, which is rebellion in the Bible.

Forgiveness will set you free

A child who rebels against their parents is a rebellion that translates into unforgiveness, a sin that “imprisons the hearts and hurts everyone, including yourself. But love covers a multitude of sins. Hence, we must forgive to move on.

As God to reveal your hidden sins

When we live in sin, we open the door to Satan’s lies and dark, depressive spirit. (John 8:44). Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal “hidden sins” and confess them, and you will be released from the toehold or foothold of the enemy.

Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts

Matthew 6:12
“forgive us our sins as we forgive others.”

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive others.


3. Move on and organize your life

God wants us to persevere so we can be emotionally mature. However, the enemy wants us to be lazy, spend long hours moping, and feel sorry for ourselves.

1 Corinthians 14:33
God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

Five structures you need in your life:

  1. Pray and read the Bible at bedtime and when you wake up.
  2. Fix your bed to start the day with a disciplined attitude.
  3. List your to-do list and Bible verses using Post-it.
  4. End your day by thanking God for everything—including bad things.
  5. Do not be alone in your struggle; join a small group or seek discipleship.

Remember, all these will amount to nothing unless God gives you grace. There is no real victory apart from Jesus. But when we abide in Him, we can do everything through Christ, who strengthens us.

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