Depression And Its Effects On Adolescents Essay

1532 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Imagine a life full of constant sad, anxious, and empty feelings, accompanied by the fact that you are only a teenager. Think of how it would feel waking up every morning to the bitter smell of coffee that only serves as a reminder that one more long and dreary day has begun (Ainsworth). These are not mere feelings or the hormonal mood swings that come with adolescence, but these are symptoms of a mental disorder. Mental disorders, also known as mental illnesses, are conditions that can drastically affect one’s behavior and thinking. Depression is one of the most known mental disorders, “...that affects many but is understood by few” (Ainsworth). In the United States, a very large percentage of the people affected by this specific mental disorder are teenagers. The mental disorder of depression continuously and negatively affects adolescents in the American society. As defined by the Mayo Clinic, depression is a mental disorder that as many as one out of eight American teenagers experiences. Depression can be defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest ("Depression”). Persistent sadness and loss of interest are not the only accompanying symptoms of depression. There is so much more that comes along with this disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people who experience depression usually see the common symptoms of: hopelessness or pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness, irritability,…

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