Teen Depression: The Cause And Causes Of Youth Depression

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Youth Depression Throughout the world, people are struggling daily with one, if not multiple, mental illness. Some of these individuals have been diagnosed for symptoms they reveal, while others struggle in silence unaware. For those that have received help, life slowly looks brighter for them, while loved ones work to help in any way possible. One of the serious mental illnesses that teens struggle with is depression. There are various reasons as to why an adolescent may develop depression including academic, social, or family problems, as well as stress or past issues; however, if others recognize the warning signs, complications can be avoided and treatment obtained to overcome depression. Depression “extends beyond sadness to the point of illness which affects one’s ability to properly function.”. It can be caused by a “reduced level of neurotransmitter serotonin” within a person’s brain (“Teen Depression”; Mayo Clinic Staff). However, depression can have various aspects to its cause besides a chemical imbalance. Changes in relationships and friendships, a recent death of a family member, peer pressure, various types of abuse, trauma, being bullied, puberty, sexual orientation, and difficulty in school are all factors that alone or combined can cause an individual to develop depression (“Teen Depression”; Goldenberg; Mayo Clinic Staff).All of these social, physical, and academic aspects may be some of the reasons that a teenager develops depression.

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