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Depressed Teens? The Main Reasons Behind This Issue

Recently Entertainment Tonight reported that the son of music star Marie Osmond, Michael Blosil had committed suicide in Los Angeles. It had mentioned in his suicide note that his lifelong battle with depression was the reason for the drastic action.

Osmond has mentioned that Michael became depressed after she separated with her ex-husband when he entered rehab in November 2007.

According to a research conducted by suicide.org information is available that the rate of teenagers committing suicide is increasing with one victim falling prey every 100 minutes. Among teenagers between the age group of 15 to 24, suicide is the third leading of cause of death. Approximately 20% of all teenagers experience depression before they attain the age of adults. Approximately 10 to 15% suffer from the symptoms of depression at some time or the other. Surprisingly, just 30% of depressed teenagers are receiving the treatment they need and some are at a higher risk of teenage depression and suicide as compared to the others.

Who Are The High-Risk Teenagers?

Teenagers who are facing a higher risk of depression and are prone to commit suicide. They are the individuals in the categories mentioned below:

  • Teenage females are twice as prone to develop depression than men
  • Teenagers who are abused and neglected
  • Adolescents who are suffering from physical conditions and chronic illnesses
  • Teenagers who have a family history of depression or mental illnesses. Approximately 20 to 50% of teenagers who suffer from depression have a family member with a similar condition or a mental disorder.
  • Teenagers with mental or substance abuse problems which have been untreated. Around 66% of teenagers who suffer from clinical depression also have mood disorders such as anxiety, antisocial behaviors, and substance abuse.
  • Younger adults who have experienced disruptions and trauma in the home which can include the divorce or deaths of parents.

Experts have speculated that after a decline during the 90s the percentage among teenage suicides have continued to increase over the last five years. They have also mentioned that a sense of hopelessness and helplessness exists between teenagers presently. Teenagers have a feeling they are invincible and when they are required to feel any psychological pain, they become overwhelmed with hopelessness and begin to believe they have no control over their lives.

Our Unrealistic Expectations The Reasons for The Depression?

Many experts have opined that the stress is higher than was seen in the previous generations. Stress can trigger depression and mood disorders. Teenagers who are predisposed to the conditions can consider themselves susceptible to the symptoms of depression especially during the difficult time of adolescence.

Some experts have even mentioned that children have been raised with unrealistic expectations with the messages constantly given to us by the media. Messages informing us to have in mind the feel-good factor at all times. Some parents have even failed to teach good coping skills to their teens which are essential in the turbulent times we are living in.

Parents of teenagers must be looking out for some of the symptoms mentioned below. It will give them an indication about whether the teenager within their home is suffering from the symptoms of depression. The symptoms will not be difficult to notice and would only require a degree of attention from the parents. The following symptoms are prime which should always be considered:

  • Low self-esteem.
  • Sluggishness.
  • Sadness and hopelessness.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Spending more time in isolation. [Including time away from friends and parents].
  • Physical ailments such as headaches, problems with appetite and sleep.
  • Problems in school.
  • Not paying attention to appearance.
  • Speaking about that and suicide.

These are some of the symptoms which parents will need to watch out for if they intend to ensure that the teenagers in their home to not fall prey to the problem of depression. They must also make an attempt to understand teenage depression does not have to be a lifelong struggle and it definitely does not have to end in suicide. 80% of all teenagers can successfully recover from depression if they are given appropriate access to professional treatment at the right time.

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