Teenage Depression by Josh Bradley

The Basic Idea

Depression is not just feeling sorry for yourself every minute of the day. It's a mental illness that must be diagnosed, regardless of age. Roughly 15% of teenagers actually suffer from it today, and because of this, suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ages 15-24. Needless to say, not many of these teens seek the help they need to be treated, but those that do will typically become happier people quicker. Of course, mostly everyone goes through at least a few symptoms of teenage depression sometime in their lives, but usually, not seriously enough to tell friends that they have depression.

Causes and Effects

Teenage depression usually has much to do with school and work. Very often do teachers give an overwhelming amount of work both for school and for home. Some teenagers, depending on age, have after-school jobs, which can also cause stress. In addition, constant negative thinking can cause hopelessness and a constant state of sadness. Effects can include a number of things that change the person. The person could either avoid or obsess over food, which could cause often dramatic weight gain or loss. Additionally, teens could begin doing drugs, losing energy, and sleeping too much. If nothing is done about any of these issues, it could result in things such as self-harm or even suicide.

Symptoms

A typical teenager usually has a change in behavior, and considering the hormones, is excusable. However, there's a point where the behavior may get out of hand, and may become symptoms of teenage depression. These are some examples:

  • Crying and constant mental breakdowns
  • Dropping grades
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Constant state of tiredness
  • Increase or decrease in eating

Treatment

Many people think that if you just drug up a teenager, he'll look forward to the future and reality. However, there are other ways to change a teenager's outlook on life. There's always the common therapist, which can help one begin to value and appreciate life again. In addition, a teenager suffering could try to find new activities that gives them pleasure. If that doesn't work, something that, God forbid, may seem like a last resort for teens, especially the quiet and anti-social ones: Talking with the parents about the issues they've been having. Usually, a parent will not want to watch their own child suffer, and will, in most cases, help them resolve their issues. One good place to start is to create a schedule - Make time for leisure and school/work that way, stress is reduced, and a teenager can live well and continue their journey to becoming a person.

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