Teen Depression

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Introduction When thinking of teenagers we get the feeling of carefree days, days with no or minimal responsibility and days filled with fun, laughter and joy. This reality is a fairytale for some teenagers. Adolescent depression is a real and growing problem in our society. Numbers of depression diagnosed in adolescents are on the rise. Is this because of more depressed teenagers, or is there an explanation for this. Are there underlying problems or causes for the high depression numbers? Is there something that we can do to help these teenagers. What are the symptoms and diagnoses. Factors contributing to this problem are all things that will be discussed in this paper. Definition Major depression disorder Definition: A…show more content…
Brage et al. (1995) reported three pertinent factors associated with depression: loneliness, self-esteem, and age. Puskar et al. (1999) stated that self-reported depressive symptoms in rural adolescents are significantly related to gender, death in the family, and the perceived positive and negative impact of life events, including the specific events of losing a close friend, an increase in the number of arguments with parents, trouble with classmates, and trouble with police. Crow, M., Ward, N., Dunnachie, B., & Roberts, M.(2006). According to (Kovacs et al. 1989; Watkins 1995), if someone has had an episode of depression their chance of experiencing more episodes in the future increase, and if it recurs incomplete recovery is more likely. (Coryell et al. 1993; Paykel 1994; Pyne et al. 1997) Furthermore it is suggested that following recovery young people can encounter psychosocial problems like intimacy problems, substance abuse, problems with authority like parents and police. When looking at the subject of depression, more specifically adolescent or teen depression, it has a relatively young history. In the olden days depression had one criteria, both for adults and adolescents. Researchers stated that differences in the relative occurrences of symptoms were relatively small. But studies have shown that although criteria might be the same, prevalence of symptoms varies across ages. Gender difference is another
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