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Teenage Depression – Affects you more than you may think

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Teenage depression is a common problem, but something we seem to repeatedly turn a blind eye towards. It actually effects you more than you may think. 8% of teenagers suffer from serious depression, with 20% having a mental illness. That means roughly 8 people in your grade have depression. It’s an illness – an imbalance in hormones, meaning we can treat it. It is an issue to be aware of, but do you really know how severe this is?

Twenty percent of teenagers suffer a mental illness, and only 38% of those actually receive help. If you think you know someone who isn’t receiving help, tell someone (not them, obviously). It’s never too late to save someone you know. Ways of recognising depression include frequent agitation, inexplicable feelings of guilt, change in eating habits, irrational sleep, self-harm (not something you’d generally notice, but you may see signs) and thoughts or comments of suicide. Don’t mistake normal teenage hormone-highs for depression, but if someone you know someone who isn’t usually like this, but starts to be like any of these symptoms more regularly, it’s best to ask someone for advice on how to help them. You could recommend them to website “7Cups of Tea” (shortened to 7Cups) where people are helped by anonymous listeners online, who have no qualification other than promising to listen. It’s a start if you’re afraid to talk to people face to face.

Obviously you’ll want to help someone before it reaches the extreme – suicide. Men are more likely than women (3.5 times more likely) to commit suicide successfully. There are (according to the Durkheim theory) four different types of suicide – Egoistic, Altruistic, Anomic, Fatalistic.

Egoistic Altrusitic Anomic Fatalistic
When someone is cut off socially and therefore ends their own life. A self-centred approach, who believes destroying himself is the solution. When people are too close to society. They are always the centre at events and dependant on society. They kill themselves from over integration – the opposite of egoistic. The sudden change in lifestyle, something people struggle to deal with. Examples include bankruptcy or winning the lottery. Sudden situation changes drive people to kill themselves. When someone is constrained by society. Historically common in slavery, people were restrained by society, feeling helpless with death being the only escape.

Whatever the case, this serious subject is not something to be overlooked. Depression is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and is more common than may appear to be so.

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Ethan H., Journalist

I’m Ethan H, and I’m currently a grade 11 student doing the IB. I come from England, but have also lived in France and Switzerland. I’ve been a journalist...

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