Depression And Depression: The Effects Of Adolescents

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In today’s society adolescence are often pressured into many things by the media. According to magazines they have to look a certain way, around their friends they must act a certain way, and of course family always heaves the stress on by making sure they maintain good grades, think about colleges, hold down a job, and overall be basically a superhero. With all of the stress that goes with being an adolescent, there are other situations that just add more fuel to the raging fire. However, as a society no one stops to think of the affects that all of this pressure and other events may have on an adolescent. Some of these young teenagers may travel down a deep dark path known as depression if they are not properly treated and are able to express …show more content…
However depression is really on ongoing feeling of sadness and sorrow which can be followed by suicidal feelings or thoughts of hurting oneself. Depression can transform into bipolar disorder, which is categorized by cycles of depression followed by states of euphoria (Depression in Teens, n.d.), major depressive disorder, or dysthymic disorder (Cook, M., Peterson, J., & Sheldon, C., 2009). Depression is currently believed to be a genetic defect of a serotonin transporter called polymorphism (Cook, M., Peterson, J., & Sheldon, C., 2009). Depression can also arise if the teen is not cared for properly such as being abused, emotionally neglected, or if they become a social outcast. The more stress and troubles a child faces the more likely they are to have depression. Currently it is estimated that nearly twenty-five percent of adolescence are facing this mental disease (Depression in Teens, …show more content…
Certain anti-depressants called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be prescribed by a psychiatrist (Antidepressant Medications, n.d.). These medicines may help an adolescent manage their symptoms better, but more research needs done in this field. Doctors have noticed a few of these prescribed SSRI’s have actually caused more suicidal thoughts and actions rather than helping them diminish (Antidepressant Medications, n.d.). Though according to NIMH in 2007 pediatric trials resulted in a journal stating that the benefits of these medication do outweigh the negative. Currently only Prozac (a SSRI) is the only anti-depressant that is being administered to adolescence or persons over the age of eight (Antidepressant Medications, n.d.). Other forms of therapy include Cognitive-behavioral therapy which is a goal-oriented therapy, Interpersonal psychotherapy which includes three phases of therapy, and Dialectical behavior therapy which specifically targets suicidal conditions (Sanno, Z., Saekow, J., & Radke, A.,

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