Psychological Effects On Teenage Depression

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Depression. A mental illness that seems to be effecting twenty percent of the teenage population (citation). Believed to be a disease that only effects the poor or a specific race, depression is a disorder that is victimizing even the most popular of individuals, such as Marilyn Monroe. The research question that is explored in this essay, explains the many effects of depression on teens aged 10 -16, which are the symptoms or results of an issue. Many times these teens are unknowingly effected by this disorder as they are unaware of the many effects depression can cause. The three main aspects of the effects of depression are physical, emotional and behavioural. The physical effects of depression are different ways in which depression impacts …show more content…
Firstly, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School says that “there is a strong relationship between depression and high risk behaviour” (Kam, n.d,1). These high risk behaviours are mostly self destructive or self harming behaviours as thirty percent of depressed patients behave this way (Kam, n.d, 1). The actual purpose of these risky behaviour that many people do not know is that, teens try to “numb themselves … from really difficult and significant feelings of loss, anger, shame or anxiety” (Kam, n.d, 1). In addition, self harming behaviour is a way for affected teens to let others know that they feel like they are not worth living for (Kam, n.d, 1). This self destructive behaviour can lead to individuals isolating themselves from others as well losing interest in activities as they do not feel belonged (Victoria State Government, 2015,1). Even activities that the teen enjoyed such as sports, were lost in interest almost every day (MediResource Inc, n.d, 1). This had often left teens to rely on alcohol and drugs to cope with their behaviour (Victoria State Government, 2015, 1). Depression also effects the speech of affected individuals such as the “pitch, fluency, and articulation” (Boulard, 2015, 87, 88). As well, when these individuals talk about their past life and events they …show more content…
For example, having eating issues and a mixed up sleep cycle are the two main points about the physical effects of depression on teens as well as the feeling of hopelessness and guilt as the emotional effects of depression. Lastly as mentioned above, the behavioural effects of depression are having risky behaviour and isolating oneself from family and activities. Knowing these effects can be especially useful to friends and family as they are able to help the affected teen. Future research should find information on more ways to help or treat individuals with depression as many people from different cultures, race, class can be effected by this horrifying disease. Knowing ways to help these teens can save them from worsening their condition or even committing

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