Teenage Depression : How My Story Can Help Others

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Blake Jerue 12/13/16 English 1110 Teenage Depression: How My Story Can Help Others Most families think that their moody teen is just in a phase that all adolescents go through. Puberty, that time when an individual goes from a child to a teen. It marks a time of physical changes, but for many teens may also mark the start of something that will stay with them for many years; depression. Depression effects an estimated 19 million Americans, making it one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the United States (Hell, 2015). The National Institute of Mental Health (2016) found around 12.5% of all American adolescence (ages 12-17) experienced at least one depressive episode in 2015. I am among that 12.5%. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2015 after experiencing depressive symptoms for almost five years. For five years, I had experienced increases of depressive episodes until I knew I needed to make a change, and that decision was one of the best I have ever made. Through my experience, my family, friends, and I learned what can cause, advance, and help cope with depression. Looking back, I can see the signs that I was depressed far before I was diagnosed. When I was 14 years old I experienced the first few symptoms that many teens get, “Irritable or annoyed mood, Low self-esteem” and the trademark of the angry teenager, “Frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2016). My family and I thought that this was normal, after

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