Teenage Depression Research Paper

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What is anxiety and depression in teens?
Anxiety and depression can be a sensitive topic to discuss especially with teenagers. Everyday, many teens dread waking up in the morning to go to school. Being a teenager is not easy as most will say. Juggling with school, friends, family, planning for the future, sports, and maybe even having a job can be a lot of weight to carry on someone's shoulders. Sometimes teens feel that adults do not understand how they are feeling. Yes the adult will say, “I have experienced what you are experiencing” but they sometimes forget that this is a different time and generation.
In an article from TIME magazine, it advises parents to go into deeper conversation with their teen instead of having basic
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Are they giving up activities they used to enjoy? Are they staying up all night or eating differently? Is your outgoing kid now withdrawn? If you’re worried, say so. Show interest in their internal life without judgment” (Haddad). Another article from the Anxiety And Depression Association Of America (ADAA), provides tips for parents on how to approach and address their teenagers anxiety and depression. Examples of these tips would be to pay attention to a teens feelings, stay calm when the teen becomes anxious about a situation and recognize and acknowledge small accomplishments (Lynn Siqueland, PhD).
Which gender tends to be more impacted?
Although anxiety and depression can occur in both genders, an article from The Child Mind Institute focuses mainly on teenage girls and why they are more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. The article explains that both genders can feel anxious or depressed but females tend to feel it and express it more than men do. The reader may wonder, what signs would you look for in males? How about females? According to the article,
“We know from looking at brain scans that there are differences in the way girls and boys process emotional stimuli. Girls mature, in terms of their emotional recognition, faster than boys—and that sensitivity could make them more vulnerable to depression and anxiety”(Ron J. Steingard, MD). When dealing with these emotions it is
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Additionally speaking about females, TIME Magazine shares a personal experience of a teenage girl who suffers from anxiety and depression. “The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. Then she sliced into the soft skin near her ribs. There was blood--and a sense of deep relief” ( Susanna Schrobsdorff Oct 27, 2016). Self harm should never be the answer when coping with anxiety and depression. What good will it do to harm?
Reasons why the issue should not be ignored
In addition to anxiety and depression in teens, an article from the WebMD states how people should not ignore someone who suffers from anxiety and depression because it may never go away. Many suffer in silence.
“As a general rule of thumb, depression in adolescence seems to be underdiagnosed and underappreciated” (Robert L. Findling). Findling, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, commented on the study for WebMD. Readers can possibly relate and think back to a time were they have felt like their issue did not matter to anyone. This article provides reliable information from doctors who were the co-authors of this

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