Effects Of Depression On The United States Essay

1058 Words May 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
About 15 percent of every child and teenager show symptoms of depression (Healthline), which is insane to think about. Depression is also the mental disorder that is associated the most with suicide, a quickly rising issue of this generation. At any given second, approximately 5 percent of kids and teens suffer from depression (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). Adolescent depression is a much larger problem than what most people believe. It directly affects many people throughout the United States, and likely indirectly affects every person in the United States, because it is extremely likely that every person knows at least one person that suffers from depression. The people who suffer from depression are twenty-five times more at risk for suicidal tendencies than people who are considered “normal” (American Association of Suicidology). The suicide rate of people in the adolescent age range has increased almost threefold since 1960 (Mental Health America). Approximately 5,000 people, ages 15-24, commit suicide each year, making suicide the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents, and 2nd leading among college-aged people (Mental Health America). However, there is hope and things that people can avoid to help reduce this vastly growing predicament. Stay away from the following as much as possible: being alone, alcohol and drugs, doing any kind of activity that is upsetting, and thinking of negative thoughts or suicide (Jaelline Jaffe, Ph.D.,…

Related Documents