Teen Depression Awareness

Image citation: Teens, D. (2020, February 20). How Teen Depression Escalates to Drug Abuse: Destinations for Teens. Retrieved December 15, 2020, from https://www.destinationsforteens.com/destinations-blog/teen-depression-escalates-drug-abuse/

Image citation: Teens, D. (2020, February 20). How Teen Depression Escalates to Drug Abuse: Destinations for Teens. Retrieved December 15, 2020, from https://www.destinationsforteens.com/destinations-blog/teen-depression-escalates-drug-abuse/

Aliccia Carroll

Many teenagers in this generation commonly face depression. Depression is multiple conditions associated with the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood, which  typically causes changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, self-esteem, and in extreme cases, can also be associated with thoughts of suicide. This also causes issues that negatively impact self-esteem, such as obesity, peer problems, long-term bullying or academic problems. Depression is commonly caused by traumatic incidents that occur in someone’s life, some of which would be through genetics, substantial amounts of medications,  the death of a loved one, or having been the victim or witness of violence, such as physical or sexual abuse.

 It is found that approximately 20 percent of teenagers will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Teens may feel that life is not worth living or worth the effort to even maintain their appearance or hygiene. If you or someone you know may be struggling with depression, contact the SAMHSA’s National hotline for more information and to seek help.