Essay on The Beginning Stages Of A Psychiatric Mood Disorder

2161 Words Oct 15th, 2016 9 Pages
Adolescence is defined as the period of transition between childhood and adulthood, typically this period occurs between the ages of 10 and 20 years (Santrock, 2016, p. 16-17). Many changes occur during this period, including biological, cognitive and socioemotional. While these changes can cause some emotional turbulence for youths, for the most part this transitional period of life typically occurs without any serious disturbances. Most adults, even look back at their adolescence with fondness later in life and view this period of life as being an exciting time of self-exploration and development.
However, for some adolescents this period of life is fraught with depression, anxiety and suicide ideation. There are numerous causes for adolescents to feel like there is no hope during adolescence or to contemplate suicide. One such cause is the beginning stages of a psychiatric mood disorder. While adolescence brings hormonal and biological changes it can also bring the onset of a mental illnesses. Another is difficulty in adjusting to the changes that typically occurs during adolescence compounded with other socioenvironmental changes, such as, the divorce of parents, death of loved ones, or disharmony in the home. Finally, another leading cause for adolescents to contemplate suicide is bullying by peers. During adolescence, adolescents already feel like they are “on stage” and being judged by the world when they then receive negative feedback from their peers this can cause…

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