Bethany Thompson Mrs. Little Honors English 3 23, May 2014 Teen Depression Depression can cause major problems. Family, school, friendships, relationships, and many other things may cause the problems. Between 20 to 50 percent of teens suffering from depression have a family member with depression or some other type of mental disorder. Teen depression is a very serious topic and it’s important to understand the causes and symptoms. It affects a lot of teenagers in ways no one can explain “Teen depression is a serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities.”(Source: "Teen Depression."
Today’s teenagers are faced with the ever changing world around them and the biological changes of their bodies. Many teens are also faced with depression. Approximately half of teenagers with untreated depression may attempt suicide, which remains the third leading cause of death in this age group. (Bostic). This depression affects their school, family lives, and robs them of their self image.
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. Numerous teenagers will experience some type of depression in their lifetime, and many people may not realize the commonality of teenage depression or the seriousness of it. Many people also don’t know what depression actually is. In reality, Depression is a mental disorder that involves being either sad or irritable nearly all the time, or losing interest or enjoyment in almost everything. These feelings last for at least two weeks, and they cause significant distress or difficulty with everyday tasks.
The reasons for committing suicide are often complex and the effects can be catastrophic to everyone that took part in the victim’s life. Suicidal thoughts and behavior exist in many teens and young adults however; statistics show that the elderly have a higher rate of suici... ... middle of paper ... ...inate suicide from happening, there are many ways to help prevent it. Works Cited "About Teen Suicide." Kid's Health. N.p., n.d.
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The Growing Problem of Teenage Depression in Today's Society Teenage depression is a growing problem in today's society and is often a major contributing factor for a multitude of adolescent problems. The statistics about teenage runaways, alcoholism, drug problems, pregnancy, eating disorders, and suicide are alarming. Even more startling are the individual stories behind these statistics because the young people involved come from all communities, all economic levels, and all home situations-anyone's family. The common link is often depression. For the individuals experiencing this crisis, the statistics become relatively meaningless.
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.