— These are descriptions of how Cait Irwin, who suffered from depression as a teenager, described it. They show how awful and frightening depression during the teenage years can be. Depression and suicide are closely linked. “In fact, about two-thirds of all people who die by suicide have some type of depressive disorder” (Irwin 47). Teenage depression is a common but serious illness that can ultimately send some teenagers on a downward spiral towards suicide, but depression and suicide both can be averted if the symptoms are recognized and the proper treatment is provided.
Last recorded in 2011, suicide was the third leading cause of teenage death (CDC). Parents, teachers, and even teenage peers need to know more about the signs and real causes of self-harm, suicide, and depression. Self-harm is when someone causes physical damage to themselves in any way, usually involving scratching, cutting, and even burning various parts of the body. Some people may wonder why anyone would cause themselves physical pain under depressing or stressful situations; some may even pass it off as a cry for attention. The truth behind self-harm is most commonly to release emotional pain, or distract themselves from the stress and problems they handle in life.
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(www.teendepression.org). Depression can be spread through families if there is a history of depression. Detecting depression is not always easy to detect because in teens depression and normal teenage moodiness is hard to differentiate. Teens that suffers from depression can lead to failure in school, alcohol or and other drug use and even suicide. There are 15 to 20% of American teens that are involved in depression.
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In today’s society, teenagers are faced with problems on a daily basis. When they are unable to deal with those daily hassles, serious problems can develop within the teen that can ultimately lead to resulting effects including depression or even suicide. Suicide in teens is one of the most traumatic and problematic issues that we face today in not only adults but many adolescents as well. Today suicide is one of the top causes for death in teenagers, out shadowed only by homicides and accidents. Some of the top “accidents” include drug overdoses, single-car accidents, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, falls from bridges and buildings, and self-poisonings.
However, the biggest rise in depression today is in teenagers. Depression in adults is a sad, lonely, and sometimes tragic experience (Cytryn & McKnew, 17). In teenagers it can be even more devastating. Depression gets in the way of teenager’s daily lives. The years of adolescence are supposed to be the “best years of their lives” and depression robs them of those years.
Adolescent suicide is now responsible for more deaths in youths aged 15 to 19 than cardiovascular disease or cancer (Blackman, 1995). Despite this increased suicide rate, depression in this age group is greatly underdiagnosed and leads to serious difficulties in school, work and personal adjustment which may often continue into adulthood. However, how prevalent are mood disorders in children and when should an adolescent with changes in mood be considered clinically depressed? Brown (1996) has said the reason why depression is often over looked in children and adolescents is because "children are not always able to express how they feel." Sometimes the symptoms of mood disorders take on different forms in children than in adults.
This added stress can cause teenagers to turn to certain escapes like drugs, sex, violence, or eventually suicide (Kaywell, 2005). Overdosing with either prescription or non-prescription drugs is a very common choice that teens may make to end their lives, which proves that these unhealthy escapes ... ... middle of paper ... ...ers and every soul has a purpose. Prevention of teen suicide needs to become of utmost importance in our world today, and we all need to learn how to save a life. Works Cited Woodward, J. (2005).
Another, mental issue cause by bullying is suicidal thoughts or actions such as cutting. In the United States over 90 percent of children and teens who commit suicide have a mental disorder or issue (Facts on Children’s Mental Health in America).Suicide is known as the third most cause of death in young ages 15 to 24(Sui... ... middle of paper ... ...013. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. Downey, Maureen.