The Causes And Effects Of Teenage Depression

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Years ago, doctors thought teenagers could not have depression. They dismissed their behaviors because they thought they were just being “moody”. Teenage depression is more prevalent now than ever before. Whether it’s from more awareness of the condition or added stress to teenagers now. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. They say 20 percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood and 10 to 15 percent of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at any one time. Those numbers are upsetting. The number of teenagers suffering with depression is too high. It is crucial to know that depression is not sadness or moodiness.
What is depression? According to the American Psychiatric Association, Depression is a
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If an adolescent has a parent or sibling with major depression, that child probably has a 2 or 3 times greater risk of developing depression compared with the average child. (Levinson, 2016)
Effects of Adolescent Depression According to New Medical Imaging, teenagers who suffer from depression are at significantly increased risk of: developing later depression, anxiety disorders, suicide attempt, criminal behavior, alcohol abuse, failing school, change in personal hygiene, destructive behavior, hallucinations, eating disorders, feeling tired all of the time, feeling worthless, unemployment, and early parenthood. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. Every year, almost 5,000 teenagers kill themselves. Studies show that suicide attempts from teenagers is usually triggered by a specific event. Teenagers may think their current situation is permanent. All of these factors can add up and cause a teen to commit suicide.

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