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The Effects on Teenagers and Society


Many teens may suffer from depression due to stress from school, work, family issues and friendship problems. Almost 70% of all teens who suffer from depression seek no help or treatment for their problem and this leads to future problems for them. Untreated depression can lead to further depression in adulthood, criminal problems and sadly, in some cases suicide. When depression strikes children the chances of substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts is much more increased than in adults. In adolescents the mental and emotional symptoms of depression include, withdrawal from friends and daily activities, irritability, drop in academics, sadness, troubles concentrating and indecisiveness. The physical symptoms of depression include insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy levels, recurring headaches, a change in appetite or weight loss/gain. The main differences between adult and teen depression are that with adults depression generally results in sad or dejected feelings. In teens depression often results in agitation and irritability. Teens also do not experience continuous depression, like adults. Teens may weave in and out of a depressed state, experiencing periods of happiness and low periods. In some cases, teens try to "help" themselves and their feelings by turning to drugs and alcohol. This "treatment" almost always leads to further problems. The causes of teen depression can include, stress from school, family problems, friendship or relationship issues, peer pressure and other activity pressures. In general, girls are more likely to suffer from depression than boys, and those who encounter depression at a younger age are more prone to having family histories of depression realted illnesses.

Society also suffers the effects of depressed individuals. One of the biggest affects is on the workplace. It is estimated that depression costs approximately $44 billion on the economy each year. Depressed individuls may find it hard to concentrate and to make decisions, which can influence the responsibilities of that person at work. Also, sometimes, when one individual feels down, it can make others in the vincinity of that person also feel down, which spreads the disfunctionality in the office. Depression also affects families. If a person withdraws from their family, it can make the family sad or disheartened. Sometimes, if the severity of depression is great enough, one may commit sucide, which takes a big hold on the family of that individual. If someone who is depressed has a spouse and children, the family can feel alienated from the depressed individual or feel helpless in their downwards spiral.



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