TEEN DEPRESSION

The silent killer

Role In Columbine Attack

Both shooters had journals: The journals had incredible detail on how they felt alone, and that there was no one that they could talk to. In nearly all cases of school shootings, or school related violence, the attackers felt alone.

Prevalence

  • 20% of teens will suffer from depression before they reach adulthood
  • roughly 15% of teenagers are depressed at any given moment

Detection

Ways of Prevention

  • Associate with people who have positive goals
  • Develop a good support system with family
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise will help manage stress
  • Use a journal to write down thoughts or feeling to help

Consequences/Effects

  • School Problems
  • Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Internet Addiction
  • Running Away
  • Reckless Behavior
  • Violence
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide

Treatment: options/ efficacy

  • Talk therapy
  • Antidepressants