Depression And Its Effects On Adolescents

1328 WordsDec 8, 20166 Pages
Throughout the world, people are suffering from this disease. Depression affects people without regard to gender, age, or background. “Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. Depression can cause changes in how you feel, think, and manage daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks” (NIMH » Depression, 1). “Major depression is a common mental disorder affecting adolescents in the United States” (NIMH » Major Depression Among Adolescents, 1). Depression is mostly experienced by teens, but is considered an adult illness. In adolescents, some of the greatest reasons for depression is due to the maturation process, the stress that comes with it, sex hormones, and conflicts with parents. When seeking an adolescent with depression, there are countless warning signs to be aware of. A few of the signs to be aware of being suicidal ideation, poor performance in school, a general feeling of sadness, and changes in eating and/or sleeping routines. Additional warning signs may include feelings of hopelessness, irritability, anger, hostility, frequent crying, withdrawals from friends and family, loss of interest in daily activities, restlessness, agitation, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, fatigue, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, unexplained aches and pains, and thoughts of suicide (Smith & Segal, 2016, 1). The warning signs and
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