Anxiety And Tension

Coping Up with Teenage Depression

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Depression covers both the normal human emotions and the mental health illness. Depressive illness occurs when the feelings of sadness, hopelessness and despair persist and blocks the functionality of a person. Usually, it is brought about by attentional, conduct, learning and anxiety disorders as well as stress and experience of loss.

Depression is common among teenagers and younger children. In many cases, depression begins at home. Oftentimes, the parents of a depressed teen are also depressed. Moreover, depression tends to run in the family. Most teens have additional behavioral and psychiatric behaviors. Hence, mental health professional are advising parents to be conscious of the depressive signs among teenagers to be able to seek professional guidance and medication. Signs of Teenage Depression.

1)  Frequent crying and melancholia Sadness can be presumed by taking into account their manner of dressing as well as their activities. Teenagers who always wear black may be experiencing pervasive sadness. If they are also writing morbid poems or crying for no clear reason whatsoever, they might also be victims of depression.

2) Polarization and poor communication When the teenager shuts communication with his family and friends or tends to spend most of his or her time alone, it usually means that he or she is depressed.

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3)  Hopelessness and low self-esteem Teens may tend to be pessimistic but to overdo the same means that they find life not worth living. Depressed teens oftentimes abandon their personal hygiene. They question their self-worth and capabilities.

4)  Extreme sensitivity Depressed teenagers are also sensitive to rejection and failure. Such events give them the feeling of idleness, unworthiness and shame.

5)  Increased hostility, irritability and anger Depressed teens are also irritable, hostile and oftentimes fuming. They attack others by abusive, sarcastic and critical language. In fact, they feel that they must reject first their families before the latter rejects them.
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6) Poor concentration Concentrating on schoolwork, conversations and more can be a bother for depressed teens. Hence, they are often absent in schools and other social activities.

7) Sleeping and eating disorders Staying up all night and sleeping during the day are some of the sleeping disorders of depressed teens. They can also tend to eat too much which may eventually result to obesity.

8) Self-destructive behavior Alcohol and drug abuse may also be treated as an asylum for depressed teens. They may further inflict injury and pain on their person. They may also talk about suicide and do the same.