Wondering Why?

Why is major depression common in teenagers?

Teenagers are thought to be susceptible to having major depression periods at some point in their young lives.  During this particular stage in their lives, many teens are not able to handle so many stressors and challenges.  These stressors may come from a dysfunctional home and family, or problems adjusting to school guidelines, bullying from other people, or concerns regarding relationships.  All these stressors are the ones that contribute to the high incidence of major depression in teenagers.

In the case of problems at home, teenagers are said to be more likely to have depression if one family member also had depression symptoms in the past.  In this case, there is nothing much a teenager can do because the family history dictates his/her chances of developing depression.  Teens who are also exposed to major family problems may also feel unworthy, sad, and depressed, and this could be overwhelming at their particular age because they are still gaining new experiences and are not mature enough to handle difficult situations.

Problems at school or with relationships may also pose a danger to teenagers when it comes to depression.  Early signs may involve irritability, anger, and hopelessness, but this may also escalate to feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide.  Some concerns, like problems with a boyfriend or girlfriend or failing grades, may be handled well by most teens, but others may succumb to so many negative thoughts and feelings until they get into a downward spiral of negativity.  In this case, the teenagers’ environment is what’s causing the depression, and all of the important factors must be assessed in order to help them get through their difficult situations.

Inner conflict and weakness may also lead a teenager to be depressed.  Those who have inferiority complexes, and those who are having problems with their sexual orientation, have a great tendency to be depressed because of the simple fact that these people are unable to manage their emotions and thoughts effectively.  For these concerns, support in the form of family and medical intervention may be necessary.


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