Teenage Years Are Depressing Essay

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Teenage Years Are Depressing




Teenage years are depressing because they are going through some of the biggest changes in
their life. Teens start high school and have to deal with being little in a school again.
They go through major hormonal changes. Their bodies develop and grow. They have to decide
whether or not they are going to college or not. If they choose college, then what college
will meet their needs the best? Will they even be accepted to the college they want to go
to? These are major decisions and changes they have never experienced before. Then there
is the daily life.

They wake up in the morning dreading school, they know they have to go. They just don't
want to go. Then they get ready and go to school. They are depressed about school. They go
to all their classes. The end of the day is nearing and they may be depressed about having
to go home. Their family life might be bad. They go home and what do you do? Sit down,
watch television, play a video game, lock themselves in their room, or just going around
being mad at everyone and their life. This really is the pits. They need to change their
life whether it be changing their after school activity or changing their attitude.

Depression is defined as a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by
sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or
decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and
sometimes suicidal tendencies. No two people feel or experience depression the same way.
The symptoms and causes of depression are very different for everyone.

Lawrence Clayton, Ph.D. and Sharon Carter write, "The National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) [reported that] for 4 to 10 percent of the American public at any given time the
["downer"] mood doesn't lift." They also reported that one quarter of the population would
experience a major depressive period during their lifetime (8). One out of four people
will have a problem with depression in the United States. NIMH also reported that
"approximately 4 out of a 100 teenagers get seriously depressed each year. Clinical
Depression is a serious illness that can affect anybody, INCLUDING TEENAGERS" ("Let's
Talk" 1).

Gerald D. Oster, Ph.D., Sarah S. Montgomery, MSW, write, "Clinical depression refers to a
condition marked by the changes in one's mood and by associated behaviors that range from
a mild degree of sadness to intensely experienced feelings of hopelessness and suicidal
thought's" (43).

Did you know suicide is the second leading cause for death in teenagers? "Suicidal
thoughts, remarks, or attempts are ALWAYS SERIOUS…if any of there happen to you or a
friend, you must tell a responsible adult IMMEDIATELY …it's better to be safe than
sorry" ("Let's Talk" 3). According to a website called Depression.com "Each year 250,000
teens attempt suicide, and 2,000 complete it. Since 1960, teen suicides have doubled.
Girls are more likely to attempt suicide, but boys kill themselves four times more often,
usually with guns ("Depression" 1)." Suicide is not the answer.

According to Lawrence Clayton, Ph.D. and Sharon Carter there are a lot of symptoms to depression:
The symptoms to look for in yourself, or anyone you suspect may be depressed, are as
follows: social withdrawal, lack of interest in usual activities, frequent tearfulness,
unkempt appearance, belief that no one cares, feelings of hopelessness, beginning or
increasing use of alcohol or other drugs, inappropriate feelings of guilt, pessimistic
outlook, excessive anxiety, low self-esteem, inability to concentrate, excessive
irritability, difficulty in making decisions, prolonged sadness, recurrent thoughts of
death, desire for revenge, thoughts of suicide, sudden drop in grades or work performance,
very high or low energy level, sleeping too much or not enough, loss of appetite or
overeating, and confusion.

They do not need to be experiencing all of these symptoms to have a problem. Experiencing
any four is enough to warrant concern (9-10). They should definitely get help if their
problem persists over two weeks.

Why are they having these problems? Is it their grades, their relationship with their
friends and family, alcohol, drugs, sex, or is it something else? The causes for
depression vary. Someone might get depressed because they spilt milk in front of everyone
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