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Transcript of Teen Depression
By Zach Goldstein, Jason Kimmel, James Kuzna and Elizabeth Varghese
Why Depression is a Problem
While Depression is often harder to detect than a physical illness like the flu, it can be just as harmful. Everyone should know the warning signs of depression to help your friends, family, and yourself.
Dangers of Depression
How can we reduce depression and improve our health?
Talk to someone about your feelings
Help someone else by volunteering
Have lunch or coffee with a friend
Ask a loved one to check in with you regularly
Accompany someone to the movies, a concert, or a small get-together
Call or email an old friend
Teen Depression Statistics
20% of teens will experience teen depression (About 5 in this class!)
10-15% of teenagers have some symptoms of teen depression at any one time.
Only 30% of depressed teens are receiving treatment
What makes teens at risk of becoming depressed?
Female teens are twice as likely to develop depression as men
Abused + neglected
Chronic illnesses or other physical conditions
Family history of depression or mental illness
Trauma, home disruptions such as parental divorce or death
Victims of depression stop caring about life and lose interest.
Depressed people lack motivation and inspiration to do activities and reach goals that they used to want to reach.
People suffering from depression tend to feel a strong sense of loneliness.
They may also not take care of their hygiene and stop taking care of themselves in general.
Chronic fatigue and chronic pain
Victims also tend to stop caring about many things which in the long run will hurt their relationships with their friends or their family.
Depression could affect a person's memory and/or attention span, which could lead to people being forgetful and find it very hard to concentrate.
How can young adults improve their overall health?
Go for a walk with a workout buddy (Use exercise as an antidepressant)
Schedule a weekly dinner with friends or family
Meet new people by taking a class or joining a club
Confide in a clergy member, teacher, or sports coach
Aim for 8 hours of sleep
Eat a healthy diet
Seek professional help, if needed
Control your food portions.
Charge with high-energy foods.
Avoid pizza, candy, and fast foods
Go outside and be active
Stay away from drugs and alcohol
Set realistic academic, social, and physical goals
Spend time with positive people who support you