Persuasive Essay On Depression And Suicide

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A young, teenage girl sits with her friends, talking, laughing, and making jokes. She seems completely normal and happy, even. What people don’t know is that this is nothing but a mask covering the loneliness that seems to run through her veins, and the unexplainable sadness that never goes away. She fears speaking of it, of admitting the uncontrollable hatred she feels for everything about herself, so much that she contemplates ending it all. The fact is, suicide is the third leading cause for death in people under the age of twenty-five. Our country needs to stop seeing this as a casual thing. Depression, anxiety, and suicide in youth are real and serious issues that we need to be more aware of in today’s society. The definition of anxiety by the American Psychological Association is, “...an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure”(APA) Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children, the largest source of the anxiety being stress. An article by the Huffington Post says, “31 percent of teens report feeling overwhelmed as a result of stress, 30 percent say that they feel sad or depressed as a result of stress, and 36 percent report feeling tired…show more content…
Yes, suicide. While this one word may make you uncomfortable, for many people suicide is used casually, or as a source for jokes. An article from the Center for Discovery says, “Every 100 minutes a teen takes their own life”. Does that sound like a joke to you? I want you to understand just how much all the young people in our country relate to suicidal thoughts. The song called 1 (800) 273 8255(which is a suicide hotline phone number) was the number one song in the country on Spotify for nine days straight. The songs’ chorus is, ‘I don’t wanna be alive, I just wanna die today’. This is what our kids are listening to, because they can

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