You Are Not Alone: Understanding Teen Depression

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Depression is a common and yet a very serious disorder that should not be taken lightly. People of all ages can develop depression, especially teenagers. Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how a teenager thinks and feels, along with their general behavior towards their peers.

Lisa Bahar, LMFT, LPCC said “But someone can’t get depression simply from work. There need to be some other things going on there.”

What is Teen Depression?

This medical illness is a serious problem that leads to harmful acts like suicide and self-harm. It affects individuals in a different way. Some teens may appear more depressed or show more signs while others do better to hide their depression. One of the leading causes of suicide for the ages between 10 to 24 years old is depression, according to the research done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and from said statistics, about 4 to 8 percent of high school students attempt suicide every year. Either that or the teen goes wayward and resorts to negative diversions such as alcoholism and drug addiction. Although depression is a serious issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly, it is treatable and people with depression can still be helped to overcome it and its ensuing ill effects by getting help with addiction and depression.

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