Over the past few years’ teenage depression has drastically increased due to multiple factors such as peer pressure and bullying. According to Linda Lamb’s article Young People Can Suffer From Depression, Too,” The suicide rate among teenagers [today] is about 10 per 100,000”. A handout from the Health and Human Services Department and National Institute of Mental Health stated,” in the last 25 years, the rate of suicide among teenagers and young adults has increased dramatically.” The awareness of teenager depression has increased and the public are taking steps to reduce it, however schools and parents can do more to prevent it such as a day of awareness or even so much as considering the possibility that a teen is depressed.
Teenage depression doesn’t just affect one’s personal life but academic as well. It can affect relationships with close friends and family. Linda Lamb’s article explains,” Girls are more likely to attempt suicide, but boys are more likely to ‘complete’ suicide”. Depression and suicidal behavior can differ dramatically between genders. Masculinity has become a fashion over recent years and the desire to be accepted by ‘cool kids’ has increased as well. So depressed males will not seek the help they need in the fear of being isolated or shunned by fellow classmates. Teenage girls, on the other hand, show more self-doubt than males but are more likely to reach out to close friends.
So it’s up to the people in their lives to see problems and confront them. So how can one recognize depression or suicidal behavior? There may be a gender shift in how teenagers reach out, however the symptoms remain generally the same. Depressed teens stop doing the things they used to love to do like music and sports, they get irritated easily at the simplest things, and their sleep habits changed to too little or too much sleep (Martin, Patti).
In Patti Martin’s article, Teenage Blues Might Be More, he clarifies that some things said about teen depression...