Composition and Literature
12 April 2012
Depression in Teenage Girls
Walk into any high school classroom in the United States today, and chances are at least on student there is suffering from depression (Shute). Think about it, she’s sitting there, head on her desk. The teacher yells at her to move to the office unless she wants to pay attention. When you take a closer look, you can see the bags under her eyes, the red marks on her wrists, her thin body structure. She is suffering from depression. “One in every five teenagers will likely suffer a depressive episode by the age of 18” (Mayoh). To help teenage girls dealing with depression, People should get them psychological help, increase parental awareness, and create school programs to address the problem. There are many different types of counseling that a teenage girl could go through. There are behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and group therapy (Miller 43-9). Behavioral therapy is concentrated on behavior, not thoughts. Cognitive-behavioral therapy stands for changing thinking patterns and the patient's behavior (Miller 45). Interpersonal therapy is short term and it deals with social relationships around the patient (Miller 46). “Group psychotherapy is a special form of therapy in which a small number of people meet with a professionally trained therapist” (Miller 47).
There are many different anti-depressants that can be used for a teenager suffering from depression. The teen may be prescribed to use lexapro or other depressants. Psychiatrists have long known that teens become agitated , anxious, and have trouble sleeping when they started to take anti-depressants (Shute). “Pills may not cure the problem itself, anymore that a Band-aid heals a cut, but your body can heal itself, with the right support” (Miller 53). The dosage will start off low, an introduction to the medicine, then the patient's doctor will increase the dose...
Cited: Miller, Allen R. Teen 's Guides: Living with Depression. New York: Facts On File, 2007. Print.
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