Childhood Depression And Its Effects On The Levels Of Self Esteem And The Link Between Depression

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Introduction

There is currently a high level of interest in self-esteem and the link between depression and the effects it can have on the performance of adolescence. Historically, adolescences were not considered a candidate for depression mostly because of Freudian notions about unconscious, depression had been viewed as a condition which only affected adults. (Numley, 1996). Views on adolescent depression have changed significantly even since the 1970 's where childhood depression was thought to be masked by other conditions (Kahn, 1995). The debate continues, even today, as to whether other childhood and adolescence behaviors are simply "masks" for childhood depression. (Numley, 1996) Only in the past two decades has depression in adoles adolescence been taken seriously. Today, childhood depression is widely recognized and health professionals see depression as a serious condition effecting adolescences. Depression is the most common mental health problem in the United States, as many as 1 out of 8 suffers from depression amongst teens. (MacPhee, 2006) Teens with depression have described themselves as feeling hopeless about everything or feeling that nothing is worth the effort. They believe they are no good and their world is a difficult place, and that they feel helpless to do anything about it. For a long time, the myth was adolescence did not get depressed and that all teenagers went through an awkward period of time of stress, turbulence, emotional regulation,…
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