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Understanding Adolescent Depression:

Apr 29, 2008
We will one day pass the reins of the world over to the next generation , it is therefore imperative that we understand the current realities of modern adolescent depression and make the necessary changes in our efforts to prevent its growth and proliferation amongst our youth.

The pressures of modern living are also having a detrimental effect on our adolescent youth. Take a look at the following statistics and be amazed.

Perhaps these statistics will highlight certain facts and when they are brought to the notice of the general public leave a lasting impression. We need to gain the attention of all responsible people. There are no doubts that statistics are concrete concepts that have the power to sway even the most skeptical of minds, and, with luck, it will even show the young generation the perils of adolescent depression.

Fact: Twenty Percent Of Teenagers Are Sufferers

The first thing that will make you sit up and take notice about statistics pertaining to adolescent depression is the news that nearly a fifth of the teenage population in the US has experienced a form of clinical depression, even before having gained full adulthood.

On top of that, there are about ten to fifteen percent of teenagers that have shown symptoms of adolescent depression and additionally another five percent of the teenage population will have suffered from significant depression.

Shockingly, another alarming aspect to adolescent depression is the fact that there is little or no social acceptance when it concerns teenagers with such a condition, it is as if we consider it to be only the pains of growing up. What's worse is the fact that as many as eight percent of teenagers will have experienced the re-occurrence of depression. This is alarming because when considering that only a mere five percent of the total national population suffer from depression.

A bout of adolescent depression is likely to last for a period of up to 8 months and teenagers are also at risk that the subsequent attack of adolescent depression will strike them again within a two year period and the chances of this happening are about twenty to forty percent. There is also a seventy percent probability that they will experience another attack of adolescent depression before they have reached full adulthood.

Another form of adolescent depression will affect quite a few teenagers from attacks. Known as Seasonal depression it is most likely to strike during the winter, it is also found in places of high altitude. The weather can play a significant part in the onset of seasonal depression, Both teenagers and their parents need to be aware of the affects of weather on the adolescent's state of mind.

Finally there are two other disorders that may affect your teenager, dysthymia or a mild form of depression, affecting about two percent of teenagers, that lasts for a considerable time and a like percentage of teenagers are also likely to suffer from bipolar depression when they grow older. According to studies, it is thought that as many as fifteen percent of teenagers who have suffered from major depression will be at risk of developing bipolar depression.

Unfortunately, it is believed that adolescent depression will affect teenagers no matter their social background, income level, gender, race or their achievements and that adolescent depression is acommon mental health problem affecting teenagers in the US.
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