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Find out what causes teen depression and what symptoms you should be looking out for.
Teen Depression

We've all had bad days - had fights with the 'rents, done really badly on a test or maybe just couldn't find anything cool to wear that morning. But when does a normal bad day turn into serious depression? To observe National Mental Health Month this May, Kidzworld's got the 411 on this common health condition.

Teen Depression - How Do I Know if I am Depressed?

People don't often think of depression as something that has symptoms, but there are definitely tell-tale signs that you are headed down depression lane. One big thing to look out for is your overall feeling of worth. Often teens who are depressed notice a drastic change in how they feel about themselves and the world around them. From there, teens tend to become less interested in activities they used to enjoy and will spend more time alone, watch more TV, pay less attention in school, etc.

Teen Depression - What Causes Depression?

No one thing causes depression, but doctors do have an idea of what sorts of things can trigger it. Research has shown that genetics probably play a role in who gets depressed and who doesn't. That means if other members in your family have had trouble with depression, your chances of being depressed are greater than somebody whose family members have never been depressed. Peeps who are genetically prone to depression may have a chemical imbalance of the brain which can be assessed by a doctor. Losing a loved one can also be enough to trigger depression in some people. Then there's the environment that you live in - if you are constantly surrounded by negativity, if your 'rents are always fighting for example, or if you are stressed out a lot, this could also lead to depression.

Teen Depression - Can You Cure Depression?

Depression is very common and is almost always treatable. The main thing is to recognize that you are depressed and seek help as soon as possible. Many people who are depressed move on to self-harming or even attempt suicide if their depression isn't treated. Just letting a trusted adult know what you are going through is a good first step in getting better. Talking with a therapist is also something that will really help a depressed person along with their recovery. Sometimes a therapist will prescribe medication depending on the severity of the person's depression, which will help balance the chemicals in the person's brain.

Teen Depression - Quick Facts

  • Depression affects approximately one in eight teens in North America.
  • Girls tend to be more prone to depression than boys.
  • Almost one million American teens attempt to commit suicide each year - approximately 1,600 die every year from suicide.

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lion2a3

lion2a3 wrote:

uh i think depression beacause i m starting to go to my room alot to be alone now and thenand i like to wacth a lot of t.v
commented: Sun Sep 28, 2014

261sapphire

261sapphire wrote:

Dude what I meant input three years I meant all of my darn life
commented: Mon Aug 25, 2014

brunostar

brunostar wrote:

i'm on meds too, supernatural maybe you need to be put on a new medication though. i've recently started a new one after several months of being on the same and not much affect and now i feel as through i'm more positive and more happy.
commented: Mon Aug 25, 2014

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9bella
9bella posted in Family Issues:
i have not seen my cousin since i was three or four. based of eavesdropping this is what i know: his mom wants nothing to do with the family. My uncle and hi mom were not married just dating o there was no divorce agreement he is my only cousin for now next to all my  second cousins. my uncle got to talk to him 2 years ago My grandma got to watch a play he did  three years ago about  2 years ago my mom  found a picture of him im not supposed to know any of this. i  remember my past really good since age three. and I till remember him and almost every night i cry about him. my dreams at night have turned into when i run into him. My plan i he lives in a small town next to my grandmas town so this summer i will stay at my grandmas house and try to run into him.   Is anyone in a similar situation  I want advise
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DefendTheAlien-
Skin color shouldn't matter and it shouldn't even be brought up in the discussion of love. To some people yes skin color means everything, those people are not right. From one darker skin person to another, this fear of always being denied because of our skin color is always gonna be there, you've just got to accept the people who accept you and ignore the others who don't. 
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9bella
9bella posted in Family Issues:
"dogfobia" wrote: For those who already don't know, I have overprotective parents. I'm already 13 and I'm still not allowed to do somethings that lower aged kids are allowed. And most kids my age already get to do these stuff. I've already talked to them but they still think I'm too young. And I have good grades and super mature for my age. List of things I'm not allowed to do: go outside alone, go to the backyard alone, go to movies, wear makeup, get a pet, date, have a phone, have fa-book, eat things without asking, buy things, go on youtube, call my friends, go to friends house, invite friends over,etc Like seriously how am I supposed to live my childhood right without doing any of these things. I've already talked to them a bunch of times and they say I can do it when I'm 18. Please help me!!! where you live could have a giant role. like if you live in a huge city that effects a lot. The news could explain a lot if a lot of kidnapping  have happened i would not let a kid outside with out me knowing. but other than that im stuck ive never had this problem right now my battle is going to the mall with my friends im 11  
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princess_surupa
Talk with you parents patiently. Equally talk to your brother & ask why he's doing it. 
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princess_surupa
Not really , Skin  color doesn't matter :)
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