Depression And Its Effects On Adolescent Depression

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Depression is an issue facing a large amount of people today. It has becoming increasingly known that a lot of depression begins to start in the adolescent years for many individuals. The social work profession is critical in helping this adolescent depression not lead to further depression in adulthood. To understand adolescent depression and what is needed to help people suffering from it, we need to further understand the prevalence of adolescent depression, the effects it has on teens socially, populations that are vulnerable to depression in adolescents, as well as what a social worker’s role in assessing and treating adolescent depression is.
Depression today seems to have become a synonym for sadness. Though many people with depression tend to struggle with sadness, it is in itself a mental health problem and not just your everyday unhappiness. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (2014), “Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or more” (Depression 2014 n.p.). This shows that depression goes from situational to clinical when it starts to affect your every day activity and not just your mood. Depression can occur in people of all ages but has a lot of negative effects on adolescents and their development. According to The Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2003), “depression [happens to be] one of the most commonly occurring disorders in child-hood and
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