Suicide and Weekly Reader Publication

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Chabel R. Gardner
Block 4
Extra Credit Essay
Teen Depression

Teen depression is something that all teens go through. They go through this because of things like school, parents, and other activities that go on in their life. For example a teen boy comes home from hanging out with his friends and as soon as he walks in both of his parents start biting his head off about his grades. They tell him that he can’t chill with his friends until his grades get better. My opinion about teen depression is that there should be a medicine that cures it. ‘It is often difficult for teens to express and verbalize their feelings and this can be an additional barrier to identifying depression. They usually see things more negatively and are unable to imagine that things will ever be any different. Depression can affect their ability to attend school, maintain friendships or even pursue everyday tasks.’ Arenofsky, Janice. "Teen suicide: when the blues get out of control." Current Health 2, a Weekly Reader publication Dec. 1997: 16+. General OneFile. Web. 15 Jan. 2012. Teen depression just doesn’t stress them. It causes suicides also. Teenage suicide in the United States is comparatively high within the ages 15 to 24 group with 4,000 suicides in 2004, making it the third leading cause of death. In the United States, for the year 2005, the suicide rate for both males and females age 24 and below was lower than the rate for ages 25 and up. By comparison, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all those age 15 and over, with 33,289 suicides for all US citizens in 2006. ’ The number-one way to prevent suicide from depression is by getting the right professional help--from a guidance counselor, psychologist, family physician, school nurse, psychiatrist, social worker, or teacher.’ Arenofsky, Janice. "Teen suicide: when the blues get out of control." Current Health 2, a...
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