Depression Among Adolescents

Is your child depressed?

What is Depression?

Depression is feeling sad, frustrated, and hopeless about life, accompanied by loss of pleasure in most activites and disturbances in sleep, appetite, concentration, and energy. These factors are the most common psychological problems of adolescence. Does your young teen express these symptoms? About 15 to 20 percent of teenagers have had one or more major depressive episodes and about 2 to 8 percent are chronically depressed.

Depression and Exposure to Suicide

Is your child exposed to depression or suicide in your family or surroundings? The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health conduected a study to find the relation to exposure verses depression acts among adolescents. "The study used the public-use data set of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which is a nationally representative stratified sample of U.S. high school students. Sample size was 4,719. Analyses predicted suicide attempts from preexisting depression and exposure to suicide of a friend or family member, controlling for previous suicide attempts, exposure, and depression. Results The greatest risk for future suicide attempts (relative risk = 3.3), was attributable to an attempt in the preceding year, controlling for preexisting and current depression and exposure." "Conclusion Exposure to suicidal behavior in a friend or family member poses risk equivalent to the risk posed by becoming severely depressed. Attending to such risks could benefit clinical practice with adolescence and public health suicide prevention efforts." Therefore, if you feel your child is being exposed to depression and they are acting upon it, the best step foward first is to comfront and comfort your child, then finding solutions to these acts.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Exposure to Depression