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Transcript of Teen Depression
By: Vanessa Soares & Nicole Tubog
Most often, a teen will begin showing signs of depression through a change of course in their behaviour and in their thinking. This is initially shown through the lack of motivation that they begin to draw into. Eventually, teens may begin to sleep excessively, have a change in eating patterns and may even engage in criminal behaviours.
Teens can develop feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over their grades
Why Do Teens Get Depression?
Social status with peers
Generally, it is normal to feel sad at times, however when the feeling of helplessness intensifies for over a period of time and prevents one from functioning properly, the case is now more than sadness. In fact, one may be diagnosed with clinical depression. Depression brings about the extreme feeling of being hopeless, helpless and worthless.
How are teens diagnosed?
What is Depression?
complaints of pains, including headaches, stomachaches, low back pain, or fatigue
difficulty making decisions
excessive or inappropriate guilt
irresponsible behavior - forgetting obligations, being late for classes, skipping school
rapid weight loss or gain
preoccupation with death and dying
sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
sudden drop in grades
use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
withdrawal from friends
conducting interviews/psychological tests
Potential co-existing psychiatric disorders - substance abuse/anxiety
screen for complex forms of depression (bipolar disorder)
Additionally, the doctor will assess the teen for risks of suicidal or homicidal features. Studies show that ages 18-24 demonstrate the most vulnerable groups for committing suicide. So forth, incidences of self-mutilation ranges higher in females, however males have rated a higher chart of completed suicide.
Risks of Suicide
the need of support from peers
It is estimated that 500,000 teens attempt suicide every year with 5,000 succeeding
expressing hopelessness for the future
giving up on one's self
talking as if no one else cares
preparing for death
giving away favorite possessions
writing goodbye letters/making a will
starting to use/abuse drugs or alcohol
threatening to kill one's self