Suicide and Depression

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For some teens, striving for perfection has led to harming their own health and wellbeing such as living with depression and suicide. Teenagers today are relying on what they see in ads, T.V., magazines and on the internet for their input on appearances, the way they think not only comes from media sources, but from family and friends. Just how does family and friends play a role in depression and suicide? Families and friends play a great role in our existences. If parents show signs of depression, and suicide the predisposition is that, their child may develop one is greater. Parents who suffer from underlying conditions that is not treated or rarely treated also plays a role in how a teenager will treat and care for their own condition. Biological factors that play a role in depression are genetic factors; biochemical factors; low activity of serotonin, high levels of cortisol, and deficiencies of brain-derived neurotropic factor. Brain anatomy and brain circuits; prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, and brodmann area 25 areas is not functioning fully meaning the circuit filled with serotonin transporters. Immune system, deregulated due to stress leading to lymphocytes lowering and increased production of C-reactive protein. We tend to navigate toward people of similar interests and behavior. An unhealthy living environment whether it is emotional, physical or sexual abuse takes a toll on anyone. However for teenagers it is harder for them to cope with all the stress and stressors of life, they tend to navigate toward drugs, alcohol, and sex as a way to escape the pain, troubles of life for a while, they fall deeper into a depression state, and they may turn to suicide just to get out. “Individuals with a history of sexu... ... middle of paper ... ...ology. (8th ed., p. 302). New York: Worth Publishers. Gazzaniga, Michael, Todd Heatherton, and Diane Halpern. Psychological Science . 4th. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. 400. Print. Harriger, Jennifer Ann, and J. Kevin Thompson. "Hollywood and the Obsession with the Perfect Body." Sex Roles . 66 .9-10 (2012): 695-697. Web 27 Nov, 2013 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-011-0076-4?LI=true Mental Health America . DEPRESSION IN TEENS. Alexandria, VA: , Web. http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectid=C7DF950F-1372-4D20-C8B5BD8DFDD94CF1 Shaffer, David, Ann Garland, Madelyn Gould, Prudence Fisher, and Paul Trautman. "Preventing Teenage Suicide: A Critical Review." Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Source: PubMed 27.6 (1988): 675-687. Web.25 Nov. 2013. (Impact Factor: 6.97). 12/1988; 27(6):675-87. DOI:10.1097/00004583-198811000-00001

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