AdolescentDepression: It Can Happen To You By: Simona Gizdarska
What Is Adolescent Depression? It’s a disorder that occurs during the teenage years and involves persistent sadness, discouragement, loss of self-worth, and loss of interest in unusual activities.
FACT Depression affects about 19 million Americans annually. More than 2 million of them have not reached the age of 18.
What Are The Causes? Normal process of maturing Independence conflicts with parents Death of a loved one Relationship Break-up Failure at school Child abuse Chronic Illnesses Poor social skills
FACT Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.
What Are The Symptoms? Depressed, irritable, sad, or empty mood for at least 2 weeks Decreased interest or enjoyment in once-favorite activities and people Significant weight loss or gain Sleeping too much or too little Fatigue or loss of energy Low self-esteem, feeling guilty Unexplained aches or pain
FACT 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness. … It’s Not!
What Happens When depression is Left Untreated? Problems in school Loss of friendships Running away from home Substance abuse (Alcohol, Drugs) Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia) Self injury (Cutting, Burning) Reckless behavior Violence Suicide
FACT 41% of depressed girlsare too embarrassed to seek help.
What Are the Signs of Suicide? Talking about worthlessness Suddenly being happier or calmer during a depressive episode Talking about dying Listening to songs about death Making arrangements or getting one’s affairs in order Giving away precious possessions.
FACT 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
How Can I Deal With My Emotions? It’s not your fault You are not alone Your reactions are normal Your emotions will change Take time to care for yourself Find social support Have hope
FACT 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment.
Can Teen Depression Be Treated? Of Course! More than 80% of teens diagnosed with depression can be treated with no problem Treatments include: