~Teenage Depression~

On this site, I’ll be talking about teenage depression. It’s a lot more common than you’d probably think.
How common is it?
What causes teens to get depressed?
What are the possible symptoms?
All those questions will be answered in the following few paragraphs.


Teen Depression and How Common It Is

Clinically depressed teens are extremely common, and depression is actually the most common mental
disorder among teens and adults in the United States. In fact, “as many as 1 in 8 teenagers have depression”

and “less than a quarter of those who face this disorder will receive appropriate treatment” (“Health Center”).

That means, out of a hundred teenagers, about twelve are depressed. Out of those twelve, only three (or less)
of them will get the proper treatment or therapy that they need. As if that isn’t bad enough, “about thirty percent
of teenagers that are depressed will develop a substance abuse problem” (“Teen Depression”). Most teenagers

can be helped with psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of the two (“Depression”).


Causes of Teen Depression

There are quite a few different ideas of what actually causes depression in teens, and all of them are right. Many say that it’s frequently caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. In other words, there is no one cause of depression.” (“Depression”). A large amount of stress, home issues, relationship issues, and a lot more could be the cause of a depressed teenager. It’s sometimes hard to tell if a teen is just feeling sad, or if they actually have clinical depression. Some teens sleep excessively, have a change in eating habits, and may even exhibit criminal behaviors such as DUI or shoplifting” (“Depression”). But a lot of the time, you don’t really notice if a teen is depressed, because they might just seem like they’re having a bad day or just sad.. Many adolescents with depression may also have: anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia (“Web MD”).

Symptoms of Teen Depression

The symptoms of teenage depression aren’t always easy to spot at first, but if you pay close enough attention, you could see them. Not all symptoms are as extreme as having suicidal thoughts or self-harming. It can be, and frequently is, simple things like just not really having interest in things that they used to enjoy. Noticeable changes in eating and sleeping patterns are both symptoms, too. Some others are: frequent crying or sadness, persistent boredom, feelings of hopelessness, problems with authority, anger or rage, and poor self-esteem or guilt (“Psych Central”).

As you can tell, teen depression is very serious and is extremely common. Depression is never something to joke about, and can lead to many other mental disorders like: anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and having social anxiety. If you think that someone you know may be suffering from depression, you should talk to them about it. If they don’t get the proper treatment or therapy, their depression could get much worse.

A lot of people don't seem like they're depressed, because they might be good at hiding it, or you just don't know the signs.
In this video, it shows a teen named Jade who shared her story.
A few weeks after this video was made, Jade killed herself.
Depression is a serious matter and shouldn't be joked about.


Sometimes depression can cause suicidal thoughts and attempts. The following chart shows the most common ways that people end their life.

Methods of Suicide

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Works Cited

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