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Transcript of Teen Depression
-Depression is a serious mental problem which affects many teenagers.
-Causes persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities
-Affects how you think, feel, and behave
-Causes emotional, functional, and physical problems
-Self-cutting or burning is one way people show they're depressed
-Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression.
-About 5% of all teens will suffer from depression.
-Teens who develop depression are likely to have a family history of the disorder
-Girls are more likely to be more depressed than boys.
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by Greg Figueroa , Clark Durias, and Manav Dillon
Depression of Teenagers
The Story of Katherine (cont.)
Where to get the Help
Depression Amongst Teens: FACTS
Suicide is the third leading cause on death for teenagers.
As they get older, the rate of teen suicide increases.
Between the ages of 10 and 14 the rate of teen suicide is nearly one person in every 100,000.
From ages 15 to 19 the rate increases to almost 7% in 100,000.
Use of firearms, suffocation, and poisoning are the most commonly used in teen suicide.
Children in the younger age groups are more likely to commit suicide by suffocation.
Teen girls are more likely than teen boys to attempt suicide.
Teen boys more likely to die in a suicide attempt, however, and so the rate of death
for teen boys is four times higher than the rate of death for girls.
One study showed that one in five teenagers has considered suicide.
One in six teens has actually made plans for suicide.
One in twelve teens has attempted suicide.
The Story of Katherine
-17 years old in 10th grade
-depressed for the last 3 years
had self esteem and self image issues
-felt and pressured to be perfect
-drank and did drugs
-by 10th grade she was depressed and anorexic
-bullied and felt like she didn't deserve it
-felt sad and stopped eating
-no one knew the was she felt because she hid it
-cried all night and didn't understand what was happening
-felt like she was being ripped farther away from her soul
- began cutting her wrists and was down to 79 pounds
-began to feel better until she tried to commit suicide
Complaints of pains, headaches, stomach aches, back pain, or feeling fatigue
Excessive or inappropriate guilt
Loss of interest in food or overeating
Preoccupation with death and dying
Sadness, anxiety, or feeling of hopelessness
Staying awake at night and sleeping during day
Sudden drop in grades
Use of alcohol and drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
Withdrawal from friends
-took an overdose of drugs and alcohol
-she tried to cut and hang herself
-found unconscious on the bathroom floor
-felt alone and worthless and found herself crying and screaming in the middle of the night
-was put into a psychiatric ward with locked doors and no windows for 5 days
-her family paid for counseling and began to feel better and confident
You can handle this situation in a couple ways
1.Tell an adult such as a parent/guardian or a
2.You can tell a friend who can calm you and listen
to your problems
3.You can call 1-800-273-8255 for talking and
1-800-784-2433 for suicide thoughts.
Depression Amongst Teenagers: Statistics
Why Its A Concern?
Teens who use drugs and alcohol are more likely to face depression
If left untreated, the teen may commit suicide or homicide
Even with medication, teens may continue to be depressed
-depression may worsen with medication
-suicidal thoughts may occur
-suicide is attempted by the teen
-anti-depressants can increase anger, irritability, and agitation
Types of Depression
Over two years of intense sadness and 5 known symptoms
Intense and severe consequences that disrupts one's personal and professional life
Can occur and reoccur in episodes throughout one's life, but clinical depression is more often an ongoing syndrome
Felt through work, school, relationships and other aspects that the individual has devoted themselves into
Often referred as dysthemia
Same as major depression, and occur for at least two years but at a lower level and does not completely disrupt one's life
Chances likely to develop into major depression if left untreated
Lasts for at least two years and can influence school, work, and social life
two sided disease of lows and highs
high stage: individual has lots of energy and mind races, unable to formulate clear and complete thoughts
low stage: depressed state, usually recognized as major depression
gradual changes in between these stages or the change can be rapid and sudden between the two stages
• Fewer friends and smaller social networks
• More conflict in their relationships with others
• Less support from others
• Fewer and less well-developed social skills
• Fewer close relationships
• Less rewarding relationships
• Fewer social contacts
• More marital problems and more family arguments
• More pessimism about the future of their relationships
-Persistent sadness that doesn't lift with happy experiences.
-Lack of interest in activities and pastimes that are normally enjoyed.
-A loss of interest in friends and socializing.
-Feelings of guilt and self-blame.
-Marked pessimism about the future.
-Suicidal thoughts and talk of wishing one were dead.
Anxiety -- fear and nervousness
Insomnia -- difficulty falling and staying asleep