Do not simply mistreat it as teenage rebellion

by The Anti Depression Team on

Behavioural traits like longer time spent sleeping, decreased interaction with the family, increased irritability and a pessimistic outlook in teenagers are often dismissed as signs of one growing up. Yet these are signs of one being depressed – in fact, it is so common that about 4 percent of teenagers become critically depressed each year.

It is challenging to identify depressed teens, as they adopt alternative behaviour such as penning moody poems or watching television throughout the night to mask their despair. Always lamenting that they are bored instead of being depressed, their academic performance eventually declines as they are unable to focus properly.

It is shocking to note that nearly five thousand teenagers aged fifteen to twenty-four commit suicide each year in the United States alone, a number that has tripled since 1960. Frequently triggers of suicide are relationship woes, underperformance at school, family problems or worries of embarrassment. In particular, teenagers who are victims of abuse or dysfunctional families are more likely to commit suicide.

More teenagers try to kill themselves than the known numbers of those who died, as they tend to employ infeasible methods. A negative encounter that induces depressed teenagers to attempt suicide may appear as unimportant to adults and are perceived as trouble-making. With such a high rate of suicide, it is imperative to reach out to and assist these depressed teenagers.

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