Depression is a huge problem for teenagers in America, according to the Mayo Clinic “Depression affects 20% of teens in the United States” (“Diseases and Conditions ”). That is an alarming amount of teenagers who experience this life-consuming illness. Many people assume a teenager’s change in behavior is another phase that will die out in a month or so; however, there is more to it than what many people think. Teen depression is as old as time itself and can be defined as “… a strong mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer” (“Depression”). Often, it goes without notice because the teenage years are such difficult times with all the changes happening in their lives and
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They constantly feel pressure juggling the many responsibilities today’s society places on them: jobs, advanced classes, sports, clubs, and volunteer work. It’s not an easy task maintaining balance between family, friends, and school. The pressure to be involved, do chores at home, get good grades, and learn responsibility is proving to be too much on top of spending time with family and still having time to be with friends. The stress and responsibilities that today’s society places on teenagers can be overwhelming.
Teenage depression can be caused solely by a negative attitude. If an adolescent constantly shows lack of interest and they give up when faced with a problem, they can bring depression upon themselves. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Teen depression may be linked to learning to feel helpless — rather than learning to feel capable of finding solutions for life's challenges” (“Diseases and Conditions”). In other words, a teenager can get depression because they haven’t learned how to solve problems they are faced with.
Traumatic accidents can also cause teenage depression. A teenager is more prone to depression if they experience abuse or death of a parent because of the changes that can take place in the brain (“Diseases and Conditions”). A severe accident can change how a child perceives the world around them, warping their outlook on life as a teenager; something that seems sad to a normal teen can be devastating for one with depression.