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Get the 411 on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Who's Most Affected by Depression?

  • Boys tend to be more depressed
  • Girls tend to be more depressed
  • Boys and girls get equally depressed.
  • I don't know.

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EndlessDream
Just tell him you're not feeling well and ask him nicely to leave you alone.
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Hanakor
Hanakor posted in Family Issues:
Yes girls can be exactly as annoying, you're right it depends on the person. And I respect your opinion. But you're not always right neither am I. But please keep your comments to yourself and if I bother you that much, ignore me ;) not hard boo 
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inkdeath
inkdeath posted in Family Issues:
"Hanakor" wrote:I state MY OPINION. You may have a different one but I don't think I'm being sexist at all. Boys are annoying between ages. You clearly havent experienced this? Well if you're getting sick of it, just ignore my OWN OPINIONS. Thanks! Well, your opinions suck. And no, boys are not always annoying between ages. Girls can be just as annoying! As you seemed to prove by your comments.  You sound like one of those idiotic feminists.
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Hanakor
Hanakor posted in Family Issues:
Her brother clearly hasn't reached the Matureity stage yet so of course he's gonna act and mess around
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Hanakor
Hanakor posted in Family Issues:
I state MY OPINION. You may have a different one but I don't think I'm being sexist at all. Boys are annoying between ages. You clearly havent experienced this? Well if you're getting sick of it, just ignore my OWN OPINIONS. Thanks! 
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