Understanding depression in teenagers

Do you know someone suffering with depression?

This is a picture of a broken heart caused by depression.

Quanesha Williams

This is a picture of a broken heart caused by depression.

Quanesha Williams, Reporter

We usually think that only Adults were the ones who could experience depression, but according to the Sanford Children’s Health, Understanding Depression article “The risk for the condition can begin in childhood or the early teens. Around 11 percent of young people will have experienced an episode of depression by the end of his or her teenage years.”

For those of you are not sure what depression is, depression is a feeling of sadness, despair, or hopelessness that does not go away. Someone with depression may feel this way for weeks and even months. It can also interfere with a person’s ability to participate in everyday activities. Depression affects mood, outlook, thoughts, and behavior. “It also can cause fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, headaches, and insomnia,” The article said.

You will often see people with depression stay home and isolate themselves from groups. When isolated from people this may make them feel more alone and unloved. They tend to see the world negatively and criticise themselves harshly. In many cases teenagers will have the thoughts of attempting suicide.

To fully understand what depression is you need to know what might cause depression. Some teenagers can experience hard to hand situations like, divorce, learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect, ect. “By nature, they feel powerless against these situations, and the effects can remain with them well into adulthood.”

You also need to keep an opened mind, because not all the time does depression come from unexpected moments. Even teens who don’t face any of these challenges can be depressed. In some cases depression can be inherited, it can run in families. “Besides life events and family history, other factors that play a role in causing depression include social environment, medical conditions, and negative thought patterns.”

To know if a teen is depressed you might want to know some of the symptoms. “Lack of energy. Loss of pleasure or interest in activities that once excited the teen. Anxiety and panic. Turmoil, worry, and irritability. The teen may brood or lash out in anger because of the distress he or she feels. Difficulty organizing, concentrating, or remembering. Negative views of life and the world. Feeling worthless and guilty. The teen may feel stupid, ugly, or bad. Drastic changes in appetite or weight. Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep or sleeping too much.”