Depression/suicide Affecting Teens Today

By:Dominique Meadows

Depression is not just plain moodiness it is a mood disorder. It is a serious mental health condition that can lead to suicide thoughts and behaviors. Not just until recently it was thought that children and teens do not get mood disorders like depression, but the normal age for this to happen is 14 years old. By the end of their teen years, 20% of teens have had depression. There are multiple symptoms that could show that a teen is depressed, but it is hard to figure it out because most of the symptoms are normal teenage behavior, that's why it can only be diagnosed by trained health or mental health professional.

My opinion is that people should help the kids that are depressed. There are places out there, like psychiatric hospitals that take kids, teens, or adults in and help them. There are also some medicines that can help them. If depressed teens don't get help they could possibly start self mutilating or even attempt suicide, or at least think about it.   

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