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  • 1. AdolescentDepression: It Can Happen To You
    By: Simona Gizdarska
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. FACT
    Depression affects about 19 million Americans annually.
    More than 2 million of them have not reached the age of 18.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. FACT
    Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. FACT
    54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness.
    … It’s Not!
  • 8. 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
  • 9. FACT
    41% of depressed girlsare too embarrassed to seek help.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. FACT
    80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
  • 12. 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
  • 13. FACT
    92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment.
  • 14. Can Teen Depression Be Treated?
    Of Course!
    More than 80% of teens diagnosed with depression can be treated with no problem
    Treatments include:
    • Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist
    • 15. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • 16. Group or Family therapy
    • 17. Antidepressants
  • FACT
    1in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys will be diagnosed with depression in their life.
  • 18. Who Should I Turn To?…I’m Just A Kid.
    Your school guidance counselor
    Your parents or guardian
    Your friends
    There is always someone there for you. All you have to do is ask …
  • 19. FACT
    Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80%of teens with depression can be successfully treated
  • 20. What If There Is An Emergency?
    If your friend or someone you know is suicidal, go to your local emergency room or call 800-SUICIDE or 911.
  • 21. THE END