Teenage Depression

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Samantha Tee Boon
Toni Boyd
English 101
Essay Two
10 Feburary 2013

Teenage Depression

Throughout America, the rate of teenage is increasing each year. About 20 percent of teens

will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood. Teen depression can affect a teen

regardless of gender, social background, income level, race, or school or other achievements,

though teenage girls report suffering from depression more often than teenage boys. Teenage

depression is a serious topic and it is important to understand what it is, the symptoms of teenage

depression and how it can be solved.

Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy—it’s a serious

problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol

abuse, self–loathing and self–mutilation, pregnancy, violence, and even suicide. Depression is more

than occasionally feeling blue, sad, or down in the dumps. Depression is a strong mood involving

sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer.

Depression affects more than a person's mood. It drains the energy, motivation, and concentration a

person needs for normal activities. It interferes with the ability to notice or enjoy the good things in


Of course, most teens feel unhappy at times and when you add hormones and stress to

the many other changes happening in a teen's life, it's easy to see why they have mood swings like

crazy. Often, teens with depression will have a noticeable change in their thinking and behavior.

They may have no motivation and even become withdrawn, closing their bedroom door after school

and staying in their room for hours. Teens with depression may sleep excessively, have a change in

eating habits, school trouble and may even exhibit criminal behaviors such as DUI or shoplifting.

Those are only a few examples of symptoms that may...
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