What is Depression and how does it affect teenagers? Depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder is a common medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, acts and/ or thinks. (“Teen Mental Health”, 2018) states, “In a one-year period, approximately 7 percent of people will experience Depression. It is most common in women and in young adults, and the first episode often begins in the teen years or early adulthood.” Although Depression is common throughout society, it is different than feeling sad or down; one who deals with depression can not simply ‘snap out of it’.
An incarcerated parent family could also be a blended family or single parent family unit. The risks associated with both styles of families were previously discussed. Adding an incarcerated parent to the variables and the percentages of delinquency rises exponentially. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent, roughly about 1 in 28 children. About half of the youth with an incarcerated parent are under ten years of age (Church, et al., 2009, pg. 6).
It is widely known that peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, and reckless driving are dangers that some teenagers may face; however, there is one major, yet less publicized problem that an increasing number of teenagers are dealing with on a daily basis. Both teenagers and adults suffer from sleep deprivation, but “the problem is most acute among teens” (Richter). Sleep deprivation is being referred to as an epidemic among experts, and it can have drastic effects on a teenager’s physical, mental, and social well-being. “The most recent national poll shows that more than 87 percent of U.S. high school students get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night” (Richter). Teenagers have “irregular sleep patterns” and they stay up late, affecting their “biological clocks” which can “hurt the quality of their sleep” (National Sleep Foundation).
According to Marianne van den Bree (2009) 58% of respondents to research she carried out claimed to have been abused during their childhood. This research suggests that to those that have been subjected to emotional, sexual and physical abuse are more likely to end up homeless. Many ex-service personnel find it hard to adjust to civilian life and some leave the forces with psychological disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder. This makes it very difficult for them to find a job and maintain a household. Approximately 1200 people leaving the forces every year experience homelessness (Royal British Legion, ND)
I continue to see people abuse drugs in my community, it’s time to start bringing light to this problem and hopefully an end. Drug abuse has been going on for hundreds of years, only recently scientists and medical professionals have come to understand that addiction is actually a disease. Despite what researchers have said, many people still consider addiction a choice and those who suffer from it have bad
"I 'm so stressed out"- 49% of American teenagers What do the demands of school, sports, friends and getting a job have in common? Although underestimated by a majority of adults these all cause stress in our adolescent population. Nearly half of America 's teenagers are under tremendous pressure and it is taking a toll. Poor stress management techniques developed young tend to carry over into adulthood and can result in compound negative effects.
In some cases drug use is a trigger for the symptoms of schizophrenia and can lead to exacerbation of these symptoms. Marijuana in particular is now known to significantly worsen symptoms and well as cause signs of psychosis to appear at a much younger age (Foti et al., 2010). Those with schizophrenia are more likely to develop addictive behaviours than those without the disorder and this may be a result of irregular dopamine levels. Dopamine is an important part of the reward system and increased levels are produced as a result of many addictive drugs. Therefore, it is no surprise how those with schizophrenia are much more likely to exhibit addictive behaviour due to the abnormal levels of dopamine that may be present in the brain resulting from the differing chemical structure of the schizophrenic
In another article called “Muscular Dystrophy Life Expectancy” says “Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common childhood form of muscular dystrophy. This condition is associated with a short lifespan. In most of the cases, children will need a wheelchair as teenagers, and they usually die in their early 20s. However, some people may live up to 40 years.” After reading this article it is sad to say that not many people live a very long life with this disorder, but I read the comments below saying that they have Limb-girdle disease and they are still alive at the age of 73 years old.
Antipsychotic medications were commonly used to treat these individuals and it usually used for a long-term basis. There were about 45% that received treatment and were younger, and homeless Sajatovic, M. (2006). Because militants enter at such a young age and experience traumatic events over the years causes symptoms that lead to bipolar disorder and longtime treatments for veterans. In the end, many veterans end up homeless, using substance abuse and suicidal.
In my research, I’ve found that there happen to be more pros than cons to the act. With there being a lengthy list of them, I’ve dissected the list to two vital pros. One of those pros is that The Affordable Care Act helps to prevent illness among the youth in America through many law revisions. The Affordable Act allows youth to remain under their parent 's’ health insurance until the age of 26. Because of the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of uninsured youths fell from 48% in 2010 to 21% in 2012 and continues to drop to this day.
Presently, suicide is tenth leading cause of death in all age groups. However, adolescents who were in the foster care system are two and a half more times likely to seriously consider suicide than any other youth (Pilosky & Wu, 2006). Suicide Ideation falls under the categories of Psychological disorders, being that the psychological disorders such as: depression, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and anxiety disorder, can ultimately lead to suicide ideation. The foster care system in America presently consist of around 520,000 of children who enter the foster care on average each year. The purpose of this study is to discover if there is in fact a correlation between adolescents who grew up in foster care and a higher rate of suicide ideation.