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Teen Depression – too common and can’t be ignored

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Depression in teens is a huge issue in today’s society, and it is a growing issue. The step to drug problems, runways, pregnancy, eating disorders, and suicide is depression. Depression is common for teenagers. Symptoms of teen depression vary within the person. Although it is a really hard issue to deal with, there are ways to treat depression.

Most teens are unhappy or feel sad at times, of course, but did you know one out of eight teens have teen depression? There are many reasons as to why teenagers become depressed. Depression can develop because of grades, bullying, social skills, their life at home. The list goes on and on. If a teen’s unhappiness lasts more than two weeks, there’s a good chance that they are depressed.

Depression can lead to many things. Most of the time, the reason for a teen to runway, get pregnant, start, using drugs, or attempt suicide is because they are depressed. Teen depression can also run in families. Depression usually starts within the ages of fifteen and thirty. Teens are more likely among the people who have a family history of depression to get depressed.

Symptoms of teen depression can differ between people. One person may have different, less, or more symptoms than another. Teens with depression may sleep a lot, change their eating habits, or may even develop criminal behaviors. Teens may or may not show all signs. Some more symptoms of teen depression are: withdraw from friends, sudden drop in grades, use of drugs or participating in sexual activity, loss in interest for things you once enjoyed.

There aren’t necessarily any medical tests that can detect depression. Doctors and professionals can determine if a teen has depression by taking interviews of the teen and his or her family, teachers, and peers. There are a variety of methods to treat depression. Family therapy may be helpful if the family’s conflict is increasing the teen’s depression. Hospitalization may be required for teenagers with severe depression. One’s mental health care provider determines the best treatment.

Depression is a growing issue today, and is very common for teens. Depression can be treated as well as the serious problems that come with it. One out of eight teens develop teen depression. It would take a little effort on everyone’s part, but maybe that fraction will be reduced at some point in time.

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Know the Signs and Links of Suicide and Depression

• Major depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide.

• About two-thirds people who die by suicide are clinically depressed at the time of their deaths.

• Statistically, one out of every sixteen people who are diagnosed with depression (about seven out of every 100 diagnosed males and one out of every hundred diagnosed females) will eventually die by suicide.

• The risk of suicide in people with major depression is about 20 times that of the general population.

• People who have had multiple episodes of depression are at greater risk for suicide than those who have had one episode.

• People who have a dependence on alcohol or drugs in addition to being depressed are at greater risk for suicide.

People who are depressed and exhibit the following symptoms are at particular risk for suicide:

– Extreme hopelessness

– A lack of interest in activities that were previously pleasurable

-Heightened anxiety and/or panic attacks

-Global insomnia

-Talk about suicide or a prior history of attempts/acts

-Irritability and agitation



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