Youth And Depression Essay

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In Canada, it is estimated that 10-20% of youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. The age with the highest rate of depression is under 20 years old. 3.2 million Youth in Canada are at risk for developing depression during their life. Depression is more common amongst woman. Approximately 5% of male youth, under the age of 20, have experienced a depressive episode in their life. 12% of female youth, under the age of 20, have experienced a major depressive episode. Depression can be treated to 80% of youth suffering from it, but some don’t choose to seek help. Mental illnesses are increasing the suicide rate and taking children’s lives. Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the world; depression contributes to the causes …show more content…
This condition causes the person to lose the ability to feel pleasure or happiness. People loose interest in activities that were once practiced from day to day. A teen or child who has major depression experiences the symptoms every day or almost every day, for at least 2 weeks, sometimes longer. This case of depression makes the child very irritable, and has them in a bad mood even if they are not aware of it. Major depression conflicts with day to day routines and activities, like the child’s ability to perform in school, eating, and sleeping. Major depressive episodes can happen to a child once in their lifetimes, or frequently.
Dysthymia
Dysthymia differs from major depression because the symptoms are not as severe but last for a longer period of time. Symptoms last for as long as over a year. Youth with dysthymia have low self-esteem, low concentration, hopelessness, and have trouble sleeping and eating. Unlike major depression children with dysthymia are able to function day to day but with a lack of interest, and a low mood. Kids start to believe that the low mood person life they are living now is normal, when they are not aware that it is dysthymic disorder. In fact, 10% of kids who have dysthymia develop major depression.
Adjustment Disorder with Depressed

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