Teenage Depression

Done by: Asyraf and Marilyn

What is Depression?

Everyone feels sad or blue at times, but theses heavy feelings usually past in a few days. Where as teenage depression isn't just about occasional bad moods - it' is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

Effects of Teenage Depression

Problems at school : Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties. At school, this may lead to poor attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with school work in a formally good student.

Low self esteem : Depression can trigger an intensified feeling of ugliness, shame, failure, and unworthiness.

Violence : Some depressed teens, usually boys who are the victims of bullying, become violent. As in the case of the Columbine and Newton school massacres, self-hatred and a wish to die can erupt into violence and homicidal rage.

How to Tell if a Teenager is Depressed?

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Anger or hostility
  • Frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

How to Help a Depressed Teenager

Staying connected to friends and family, making healthy lifestyle decision, and keeping stress under control can all have a hugely positive impact on your mood. Another way to help a depressed teenager is to stick with them through the hard times and encourage them to seek help.
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