Depression is a huge problem for teenagers in America, according to the Mayo Clinic “Depression affects 20% of teens in the United States” (“Diseases and Conditions ”). That is an alarming amount of teenagers who experience this life-consuming illness. Many people assume a teenager’s change in behavior is another phase that will die out in a month or so; however, there is more to it than what many people think. Teen depression is as old as time itself and can be defined as “… a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer” (“Depression”). Often, it goes without notice because the teenage years are such difficult times with all the changes happening in their lives and stress being placed by schools, jobs, parents, and coaches.
Changes in relationships and friendships, a recent death of a family member, peer pressure, various types of abuse, trauma, being bullied, puberty, sexual orientation, and difficulty in school are all factors that alone or combined can cause an individual to develop depression (“Teen Depression”; Goldenberg; Mayo Clinic Staff).All of these social, physical, and academic aspects may be some of the reasons that a teenager develops depression. Along with the various causes that may trigger depression, there are certain people more prone to developing it. Females run a greater risk of suffering from depression than males, due to the way they respond to their environment (“Teen Depression”). For example, females are more apt to liste... ... middle of paper ... ...., 1998. Print.
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.
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The traumatic events during childhood, such as, physical or emotional abuse, and the loss of a parent, may cause changes in the brain that makes a person more susceptible to depression (“Teen Depression”). Physical and emotional abuse is a main cause of trauma because the teen will not be able to trust anyone. Adolescence can be a very turbulent and difficult time, even for the well-adjusted teen. Teenagers with depression can have far-reaching implications, when young people suffer from or with emotional difficulties they aren’t sure how to manage (“10 Common Causes”). A physical abuse from a loved one or relationship has a lot of impact on a teen’s life.