Teen depression is a common worldwide problem. It affects every single adolescent and every single family, no matter how rich or poor.
School demands, family problems, and peer pressure are three main causes of teen depression. A person who has feel in love and has been heart broken at this age can also experience emotional problems.
However, of course one of the main causes of depression is the rapid changes that a teenager’s body goes through during this time. Adolescents often feel trapped and confused emotionally and they often feel frustrated as they cannot necessarily have all the freedom they want.
Even the most well-liked teenagers in schools can become depressed. This is a disease that does not discriminate, and sometimes it is strictly emotional and other times it is mental and physical.
Dealing with Depression
Part of understanding teenage depression is recognizing the signs. Sadness, hopelessness, over-sensitivy to criticism, inability to control anger, mood swings, and low self-esteem are common symptoms among depressed teens. Forgetfulness and lack of energy or motivation also can be the plight of some young people.
In the worst-case scenario the teen may abuse drugs or alcohol or they might isolate themselves or become suicidal. The hope is that each young adult receives the help they need before they reach this latter stage of depression.
Here are some steps for getting rid of teen depression:
- Get a good night sleep. Both pre-teens and high school-age children think they can go without sleep. They may even get a rush out of pulling an all-nighter to finish an assignment. However, lack of sleep especially over an extended time can make depression worse and it can lead to perpetual insomnia.
- Make sure you expose yourself to enough sun. Not enough sun is just as bad as too much sun. It is especially challenging to make sure you get enough sun during the school day in the winter. However, you should take every opportunity to do so because it can help prevent or reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you are allow to go outside during gym or lunch take advantage of the opportunity.
- Exercise regularly. Even walking for 10 minutes a day can help lift your mood. Any amount of aerobic exercise you do will help increase the natural chemicals in your brain that support positive moods.
- Examine your diet and make changes. Besides getting proper sleep and rest, this is one more very important aspect of controlling depressive symptoms. Just making minor changes in your diet can help you immensely. Eat more green vegetables and foods with B-12 in them and cut down on rich, fatty foods that can weigh you down
- Seek counseling and support. Find whatever positive role model you can during your pre-teen and high school years. The more encouragement you receive while you are still young the better off you will be later in life. The hope is that by the time you are an adult that you can learn how to manage or get rid of your depression.