Teenage depression

Teenage depression is more than just bad moods or broken hearts; it is a very serious clinical illness that will affect approximately 20% of teens before they reach adulthood. Left untreated, depression can lead to difficult home situations, problems at school, drug abuse, and worse, violence toward themselves and others.Certain young teens suffer from depression as result of situations surrounding their social or family life, but many are succeptable to the disease regardless of race, gender, income level or education. It is very important for parents to keep a watch on their teens - and to maintain a strong level of communication. Understanding the causes and warning signs of the illness can help parents prevent their teens from falling in to depression.


Depression Warning Signs

Common warning signs/symptoms of teenage depression

- Changes in eating and sleeping habits (eating and sleeping too much or too little)
- Significant change in weight (loss or gain)
- Often misses school and/or shows bad school performance
- Reclusive, withdrawing from friends or family members
- Quick to show anger/rage
- General restlessness or anxiety
- Overreacts to criticism, even constructive
- Seems very self conscious, guilty
- Unusual problems with authority
- No longer partakes in or enjoys activities and events they once loved
- Indecision, lack of concentration, or forgetfulness
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Frequent health complaints despite being healthy
- Lack of motivation and enthusiasm for every day life
- Drug/alcohol abuse
- Mentions or thoughts of suicide

Depression Causes

There are many causes of teen depression. The most common causes are:

- Significant life events like the death of a family member or close friend, parents divorce or split, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or moving to a new school/area.
- Emotional/Physical neglect, being separated from a nurturer, abuse, damage to self esteem.
- Many changes happening too quickly can cause depression. For some teens, any major change at one time can trigger symptoms.
- Stress, especially in cases where the teen has little or no emotional support from parents, other family members, or friends.
- Past traumatic events or experiences like sexual abuse, general abuse, or other major experiences often harbor deep within a child and emerge in the teen years. Most children are unable to process these types of events when they happen, but of course, they remember them. As they age, the events/experiences become clearer and they gain new understanding.
- Changes associated with puberty often cause emotions labeled as depression.
- Abuse of drugs or other substances can cause changes in the brainÕs chemistry, in many cases, causing some types of depression.
- Some medical conditions such as hypothyroidism are believed to affect hormone and mood balance. Physical pain that is chronic can also trigger depression. In many cases, depression caused by medical conditions disappears when medical attention is sought and treatment occurs.
- Depression is a genetic disorder, and teens with family members who have suffered from depression have a higher chance of developing it themselves.

Depression Statistics

Depression is the most common mental health disorder or illness in the US among teenagers and adults. These alarming statistics show that this is a very large and concerning problem.

- About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood.
- Somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of teens show symptoms of depression at any given time.
- About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time.
- As many as 8.3 percent of teens suffer from depression for at least a year at a time.
- Most teens with depression will suffer from more than one episode. 20 to 40 percent will have more than one episode within two years, and 70 percent will have more than one episode before adulthood. Episodes of teen depression generally last about 8 months.
- Dysthymia, a type of mild, long-lasting depression, affects about 2 percent of teens, and about the same percentage of teens develop bipolar disorder in their late teenage years. 15 percent of teens with depression eventually develop bipolar disorder.
- A small percent of teens also suffer from seasonal depression, usually during the winter months in higher latitudes.
- 30 percent of teens suffering from depression will also develop one or more problems with substance abuse.
- Less than 33 percent of teens suffering from depression successfully seek and receive help for their disorder.


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Übersicht über eine Depression
Was eine Depression NICHT ist

Ursachen für Depressionen

Ungünstige Faktoren
Depressionen bei Kindern
Depressionen bei Jugendlichen
Frauen und Depressionen
Männer und Depressionen

Depressionen im Alter

      Kinder mit         depressiven Eltern
      Depressive         Pseudodemenz

Verlauf und Prognose
Welcher Arzt ist der Richtige?
Arten von Depressionen
      Major Depression
      Bipolare Störungen

      Neurotische         Depression
      Reaktive Depression
      Symptomatische         Depression
      Zyklothyme Störung
      PMS und PDS

      Klimakterische         Depressionen

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Kognitive    Umstrukturierung
    therapeutische     Verfahren


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