Essay about Depression in Teenagers

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Depression in Teenagers

As a teenager, I have experienced depression countless number of times. Many times, I just feel sad, and other times, I feel like the world is not worth living in. Innumerable incidents also have occurred where some of my friends get badly depressed. Since many of my friends would try to talk to me about how they feel when they are depressed, I see a lot the pain and dejection they are going through. Through these experiences, depression began to scare me because of how inferior and worthless it can make a person feel, and where these low feelings would lead to. I realized that depression should not be allowed to dominate a person’s life as it would slowly eat him away. I felt I had to find out what
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Studies have shown that when a deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin occurs, the levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine tend to fluctuate. When this neurotransmitter fluctuates, radical mood swings occur. Another factor that may cause depression is the environment. This factor is very general—it encompasses relationship problems, low self-esteem, high stress, and the conditions in which a person studies or works. For example, in a highly-competitive school, a student might be subjected to high stress from large work-loads and self-induced pressure to do well, thus increasing the chance of this student becoming depressed if he does not live up to the standards. Personality is the last but perhaps the most important factor. Studies have shown that people who are extremely self-critical or set unreasonably high goals are more likely to become depressed as they are constantly unhappy with themselves or unable to achieve their goals. Passive or dependent people are also more likely to get depressed because they feel that they don’t have control over what happens in their lives. People who are pessimistic get depressed easier also as they have a bleak outlook on their surroundings. Social cognitive therapists think that depression occurs not because of what happens to a person, but because of how the person interprets what happens to him. Thus, people who are pessimistic or passive will become depressed
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