A modest estimate states that teenage
depression affects four to five percent of adolescents
and that teenage depression is a major factor in young
adult suicides. Clinical depression, like many other
physical and mental illnesses cannot be treated alone
or without the help of a licensed therapist or counselor.
Teenage depression is an ongoing problem to some extent
because of unaware parents, but also because teenagers
are skilled at manipulating and pretending they are
Teenage depression can affect a family
in many negative ways, however it is not something that
a family need be ashamed out. Out of the entire American
population a rough ten percent are viewed to suffer
from some form of depression or another. Depression
is caused by a chemical imbalance often uncontrollable
by the person who suffers from it.
Young adults are at a high risk for
teenage depression because throughout late childhood
and early adolescence many events and changes take place.
Teenagers may be at risk for depression if they have
experienced some of the following symptoms:
· A traumatic or life changing
event including the loss of a loved one, a divorce,
the end of an important relationship, etc.
· Problems at home, in school or with friends
· Beginning to use drugs or alcohol with increasing
· Becoming easily angered and annoyed with
· Constant sadness, wanting to be alone, being
It is crucial that parents play a
role in teens' lives in order to keep the growing risk
for teenage depression down to a minimum. These risk
factors may present themselves at various times throughout
adolescence, however sometimes a teenager must be confronted
in order to admit to feelings of overwhelming sadness,
anger and hopelessness. This type of behavior (sadness,
wanting to die, etc) can lead to long term and even
more dangerous behavior including substance abuse and
violence towards themselves and others.
If you are a teenager reading this,
realizing you too suffer from depression the first step
towards a new life is to let someone who loves you know
the difficulties you are going through. While they may
not be able to relate entirely, most likely they will
be able to lead you to the type of help that you need
to get better and start living life again.
Teenage depression can take on many
faces and is especially prone to being masked by drugs
and alcohol. This type of mental illness is dangerous
because without help it tells the sufferer life is hopeless
and not worth living. If you or someone you love appears
to be suffering from teenage depression, or any depression
at all there is help for them.
Through the positive care system
at Treatment Referral, the sufferer and their family
can find a referral right for them to combat teenage
depression. A new life starts whenever you want one,