Teens should seek help when dealing with depression Sentinel & Enterprise-Article Launched:12/02/2006 10:57:01 AM EST
BY Stephanie Forgues Monty Tech Junior
Depression gets the best of us, but what many people don’t realize is how much it consumes your life.
As a teenager who has formerly been through the emotional downfall, I know how hard the easiest things become.
No longer wanting to participate in activities you’ve always loved, never being able to see the positive aspects of life, and some days, not even wanting to get out of bed.
On www.teendepression.org, I was able to find that “about 15 to 20 percent of American teens have experienced a serious episode of depression” and that “adolescent girls are twice as likely as boys to experience depression.”
It also states that “less than 33 percent of teens with depression get help, yet 8 percent of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist.”
I was one of those teens that fortunately got the help I needed.
It is in no way an easy thing to do for anyone.
I believe it to be just as hard for someone to admit they’re suffering from depression and get help as it would be for an addict to admit they have a problem.
It’s called denial, which is a defense mechanism within every individual to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings or facts.
Denial in suffering from a condition that can become life-altering is never a good thing.
In fact, “untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide and third leading cause of death among teenagers.”
“Suffering from depression can make a teenager 12 times more likely to attempt suicide,” according to the Web site.
Some parents seem to think that their teenage sons or daughters mood swings and/or negative behaviors are just teenagers being teenagers.
Though many things change in a teen’s life as part of the normal process of maturity, when certain moods and actions become habitual, then a problem has surfaced and needs to be dealt with before it becomes too serious.
Many adolescents don’t have the verbal skills of adults, so it’s often hard for them to express what they’re feeling in a way that can help their parents realize they’re suffering from depression.
There are many ways in which to deal with depression.
It’s up to the individual who seems to be suffering from depression to do something about it.
If they can’t help themselves, then I would say it’s up to the people around that individual to do something about it.
Tell a parent, a school councilor or someone you feel can help that individual in treating their depression.
I can tell you from what I’ve seen that it’s definitely not an easy process or a quick one for that matter.
A great deal of time, effort and patience will need to be put into getting the individual better.
At first it may seem impossible and the individual will most likely push you away, but remember that with your help, you may keep that person alive and help them realize all the good in their life.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
So, I ask all people to do all they can in helping the ones around you see all the good in life, no matter how tough times get.
SOURCE:- Sentinel & Enterprise Stephanie Forgues Monty Tech Junior
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