Adolescent Depression

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Adolescent Depression

  1. 1. AdolescentDepression: It Can Happen To You <br />By: Simona Gizdarska<br />
  2. 2. What Is Adolescent Depression?<br />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. <br />
  3. 3. FACT<br />Depression affects about 19 million Americans annually. <br />More than 2 million of them have not reached the age of 18.<br />
  4. 4. What Are The Causes?<br />Normal process of maturing<br />Independence conflicts with parents<br />Death of a loved one <br />Relationship Break-up<br />Failure at school<br />Child abuse <br />Chronic Illnesses<br />Poor social skills <br />
  5. 5. FACT<br />Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. <br />
  6. 6. What Are The Symptoms?<br />Depressed, irritable, sad, or empty mood for at least 2 weeks <br />Decreased interest or enjoyment in once-favorite activities and people <br />Significant weight loss or gain<br />Sleeping too much or too little<br />Fatigue or loss of energy <br />Low self-esteem, feeling guilty<br />Unexplained aches or pain<br />
  7. 7. FACT<br />54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness. <br /> … It’s Not!<br />
  8. 8. What Happens When depression is Left Untreated?<br />Problems in school<br />Loss of friendships<br />Running away from home<br />Substance abuse (Alcohol, Drugs)<br />Eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia)<br />Self injury (Cutting, Burning)<br />Reckless behavior<br />Violence <br />Suicide<br />
  9. 9. FACT<br />41% of depressed girlsare too embarrassed to seek help.<br />
  10. 10. What Are the Signs of Suicide?<br />Talking about worthlessness<br />Suddenly being happier or calmer during a depressive episode<br />Talking about dying<br />Listening to songs about death<br />Making arrangements or getting one’s affairs in order<br />Giving away precious possessions. <br />
  11. 11. FACT<br />80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment. <br />
  12. 12. How Can I Deal With My Emotions? <br />It’s not your fault<br />You are not alone<br />Your reactions are normal<br />Your emotions will change<br />Take time to care for yourself<br />Find social support<br />Have hope<br />
  13. 13. FACT<br />92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment. <br />
  14. 14. Can Teen Depression Be Treated?<br />Of Course!<br />More than 80% of teens diagnosed with depression can be treated with no problem<br />Treatments include:<br /><ul><li>Seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist
  15. 15. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  16. 16. Group or Family therapy
  17. 17. Antidepressants</li></li></ul><li>FACT<br />1in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys will be diagnosed with depression in their life. <br />
  18. 18. Who Should I Turn To?…I’m Just A Kid.<br />Your school guidance counselor<br />Your parents or guardian<br />Your friends<br />There is always someone there for you. All you have to do is ask … <br /> <br />
  19. 19. FACT<br />Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80%of teens with depression can be successfully treated<br />
  20. 20. What If There Is An Emergency?<br />If your friend or someone you know is suicidal, go to your local emergency room or call 800-SUICIDE or 911.<br />
  21. 21. THE END<br />

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