Essay Depression : A Common And Serious Medical Illness

1371 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Years ago, doctors thought teenagers could not have depression. They dismissed their behaviors because they thought they were just being “moody”. Teenage depression is more prevalent now than ever before. Whether it’s from more awareness of the condition or added stress to teenagers now. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. They say 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood and 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. Those numbers are upsetting. The number of teenagers suffering with depression is too high. It is crucial to know that depression is not sadness or moodiness.
What is depression? According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how a person feel, the way a person thinks and how they act. On the bright side, it is also in some cases treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Teenage depression is more than moodiness, or teen angst. There are many pressures of the world for teens, especially for this generation.
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