By: D. Bolden
Due: Friday, May 17, 2013
Ever wondered what’s the cause of your child is behaving different with no motivation, sleeping excessively, sadness, etc.? They may have teenage depression. Teens often go into teenage depression without it being known, but with very noticeable habits. Memory loss, sadness, anxiety, staying awake at night and sleeping all day, difficulty with concentrating, or withdrawl can all be symptoms showing depression with a teen. Teenagers usually become depressed because of their poor performance in school, social status with peers, sexual orientation, or family/friends life. The functioning of the teenage brain begins to work differently, and they may turn to alcohol or drugs for comfort. For example; “I am 17 years old, and I have been depressed once before, and believe I am a little depressed at this moment. My depression before was my boyfriend broke up with me. I felt like it was the end of the world. Like many other teenagers, I began to lose my appetite causing me to lose weight. I also stayed inside my room after school without coming out for hours at a time (if I decided to come out). I couldn’t control how sad I was or how sleepy I had become throughout the day. My parents and friends noticed a change in my behavior, and tried everything they could to make me happier, but nothing seemed to work. I was bitter and everything I did or someone else did reminded me of my ex boyfriend. The way I delt with it was talked to other boys, and stayed away from my house as much as possible. Now that I feel myself getting there, im trying to prevent it in every way I can. I haven’t lost my appetite, but I have cried my eyes out. I know its not the end of the world, but my mind is still telling me that it is. Being that ive been through this before, I do the opposite of what ive done in the past. I stay awake until nightfall, I motivate myself to behave in an orderly manner, and I eat as much as I can. Even though I try to prevent these depressing actions, there’s still some I have no control over. I can not control how sad I become at times, how many times I cry a day, or how distant I am from the people closest to me.”With the information ive researched, I want to be able to help myself, along with other teenagers how to deal with teenage depression. Not only is it unhealthy, but also dangerous. I will explain graphs, share information about the regular teenage brain compared to a depressed teenage brain, discuss research, and give examples on teenage depression. The structure of the brain
The most important part of the brain is called the brain stem. It controls basic functions such as alertness, breathing, blood pressure, and body temperature. The next important part is the emotional brain (called the limbic system)- which is involved in hormonal control, memory, as well as automatic (and usually unconscious) emotional reactions. And the last part is the conscious, thinking, planning, brain (called the cortex). If looked microscopically into the brain, its seen that there are millions of nerve cells. If you visualize a map of the United States showing all the highways as well as primary and secondary and even tertiary roads you can get a feel for a few things. First, not only are there many, many roads, but they seem to converge on certain points we call cities, towns, and neighborhoods. In the brain these points of convergence are called nuclei. One of the major nuclei in the brain is called the amygdala. This nucleus controls rage, fear, and sex. It also tells us whether a situation is safe, exciting, or dangerous, and our body reacts immediately to this unconscious reflex. This assessment of the situation is based on early childhood experiences. The Changing Teen Brain
During the teen years, under the influence of massive new hormonal messages, as well as current needs and experiences, the teenager's...