Teen Depression

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This report examines teenage depression from psychologists’ and doctors’ perspectives. The information has been sourced from many different reports, informative articles, and books describing the causes, warning signs, prevention and facts of teenage depression. Moreover there will be specific examples of how teenage depression can affect family members, and how it affects a teenager in the short and long term. These include: Self-harm, social life, and behaviour. In conclusion, this paper will review and describe specific guidelines, based on how to prevent teenage depression and how to help teenage depression to help parents, guardians, and teenagers.

Jessica Portner explains that teenage depression is a silent epidemic (2008, p. 15). Teen depression is one of the greatest tragedies of this century since depression is increasing dramatically. With Portner’s studies and experiments she predicts that by the year 2020, when children reach adulthood, depression will rank as the second leading cause of “lost years of healthy life” (2008, p. 31). Depression can afflict people who are stuck in the situation; it can be confusing, disturbing, and painful – both emotionally and physically. Parents with teenagers facing depression are seeking for help desperately and they are not too sure where to get the help needed to comfort their teenager. There are many warning signs and symptoms that many parents should have the knowledge of, so they could be aware. Also parents also need to learn what causes teen depression, how to prevent depression and how to help their teenager seek help if suffering from depression. Depression brings people down to a joyless state in which they do not see the positive side of any concept. However, with proper medications and treatments, they can be brought back to normal emotion levels. Recognizing Teen Depression

Teenagers begin to become irritable or unhappy when experiencing depression. Most often teenagers feel unhappy at...
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