Teenage Depression And Its Effects On Children Essay

1527 Words Mar 20th, 2016 7 Pages
In 2013 virginia teens were surveyed: 6,815 were in a physical fight, 6,910 did not go to school because they felt unsafe, 6,874 were bullied at school. That is a lot of teens and of course many precautions are set to protect and help kids in these situations. However what about protecting teens from thoughts and feelings they can not control by themselves? 6,854 felt sad or hopeless, 6,857 made a plan to attempt suicide, 5,900 attempted suicide that resulted in medical care. Many people think the best way to treat depression in teenagers is by medication but, yet antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts and is only most effective when used with other treatments. Therefore we should take teenage depression more serious and must, need a therapy before prescribing medications. Around two million teens have some type of depressive illness. That is a very large number of teens to be put on medications. Antidepressants in children have raised over twenty percent in the past couple years. Incidentally, the use of drugs only dropped ten percent when the link between antidepressants and suicide was reported. When depression has induced suicide in around 1,700 teens it definitely should be handled immediately but cautiously. If medications are given out to every teen thought to have depression around half of teens would be hooked on antidepressants. Sure that might help them handle their depression but antidepressants have many side effects with the most serious one is suicidal…

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