Teenage Depression Written and Researched by Jeanie Sidler

Teenage Depression

Sixty percent of teens deal or are faced with some form of depression and never get help for it. Even though they could easily be assisted to overcome it safely and precisely. As a teenage student, you have a plethora of resources that are given to you in order to help with a speedy recovery from such issues.

There are usually counselors within your school that always have their door open to students who are in need. But the only thing most of these teenagers don’t have, is the strength to ask for help. People have put them down so much so, that they feel as if they are a burden to everyone they come into contact with. They could either feel ashamed that they just ignore their issues until the problem gets to be unavoidably dangerous.

The point is, nobody really cares anymore. Teenagers tend to joke about both depression as a whole and more specifically the final results that depression can cause people to have.

For example, teenagers use the acronym, “kms”, which means “kill myself”, as a reaction, kind of like ‘wow’ but a little more extreme.

I have also witnessed videos being posted all over social media around busy times in a school semester joking about hanging themselves due to the work overload. Some use actual rope, and others use toilet paper while they jump from a high place and act out a hanging.

How Absurd.

To think teenagers find a person’s death as a joke is absolutely insane, because of how little our society thinks of depression. Those who deal with depression may feel like its nothing, that they may be a burden to the people they could possibly tell. This leads to even more suicides due to the fact that they don’t reach out in time. We need to start taking this issue more seriously.

“People often think that teens can’t get depressed or anxious, but they can.  People also often think that it is ‘just normal teen angst,’” Reidenberg told HuffPost. “While the teen brain is still developing, teens do struggle with genuine mental illnesses and they need to be properly evaluated and treated.”

We should be taking this a whole lot more seriously because suicide shouldn’t be an option, and teens tend to find suicide as their only option, their only way out.

The suicide rate for girls ages 15 to 19 doubled from 2007 to 2015, when it reached its highest point in 40 years, according to the CDC.

“Among young adults ages 15 to 24 years old, there is 1 suicide for every 100-200 attempts”, said The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDCP).

We as Americans, have done very little to reach out and help these troubled teens. Throughout downtown Houston, and I am sure other places have followed suit, there are suicide rails and fences protecting further suicides from happening in those places. Someone had to have jumped first for them to have placed those railings there.

Thats the thing though, nobody does anything about it until its too late. Timing is everything in fragile situations like this.

“Between 1980 and 1996, the suicide rate among children aged 10–14 years increased by 100%. Suicide is the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 15-year-olds and the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year olds”, said The National Mental Health Association(NMHA).

There are a lot of different symptoms that people can have that you may not notice unless you are looking very closely. Some of those include: moodiness, irritability, agitation, constant feelings of hopelessness, and excessive guilt.

Along with symptoms, there are loads of treatments available. Some of which are sort of extreme and have been used since the 1940’s.

One of the more safe options for treatments is called Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is a treatment for depression that uses a surgically implanted pacemaker-like device that electrically stimulates a nerve that runs up the neck into the brain. The nerve is called the vagus nerve. With ECT, an electric current is briefly applied through the scalp and in to the brain, inducing a seizure.

Crazy.

Sounds kind of like a torture chamber device. Supposedly, it actually has a high success rate. Doctors say it is completely misunderstood, and that the public sees it as a shortcut to longterm therapy or medication.

When really, methods like this are used for patients who pose too much of a danger to others or themselves to wait for the medication to kick in.

The point of the therapy and the medication are to help treat depressed people. You can’t treat depressed people if its too late. Most likely, if its too late, they are already six-feet-under. I’d find it very difficult to treat a patient thats already dead.

All in all, we need to change how people see depression. Teenagers need to feel like this is important enough to tell someone about.

Its okay to need help, all you need to do is ask.

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