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When thinking of teenagers in today’s society the first thing that comes to mind is no responsibility, being careless, laughter and fun times and memories. When it all comes down to it if you were to ask a teen if that statement is correct they would most likely respond with ‘the reality stated is a fairytale’. Which is why this will prove to you why adolescent depression is more serious than you think. What is adolescent depression? This is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Some of the factors that may increase the risk or even trigger adolescent depression include, peer problems, having issues that negatively impact self esteem, long term bullying or academic problems, or even being the victim or witness of violence. According to the national institute of mental health 11.3% of teenagers suffer from chronic depression. Many people confused this mental illness with regular sadness or maybe even laziness. Depression that extends beyond sadness to the point of illness is that which interferes with the sufferers ability to function. In order to determine the diagnosis of depression, a health care professional may run routine lab test, conduct a medical interview and physical examination, and ask standard mental health questions. Depression can make you feel like it is hard to enjoy life or even get through the day. If your doctor thinks you need medicine to help your depression, he or she can prescribe an antidepressant. There are a couple antidepressants that have been studied and proven to help a lot of teens worldwide. If your doctor recommends medicine to treat the depression, it is important to see the doctor regularly and tell your parents or guardian about your feelings, especially if you start feeling worse or have thoughts of hurting yourself which should be taken very serious. It’s understandable that you do not want to tell other people that you have been struggling with depression. But know that depression can affect your relationships with family and friends, and of course how you perform at school. Maybe your grades have dropped because you find it hard to concentrate and stay on top of school. Teachers may think that you aren’t trying in class but maybe that is because you’re feeling hopeless. Chronic stress is one of the biggest factors that can depress a teenager. Chronic stress is defined as stress that never goes away or if it does it comes right back. Academic problems, separated or divorced parents, hormones,and many more may in some cases be what could possibly cause your teens chronic stress. Some teenagers take on the stress of school which can cause major issues along the way. Some parents do not realize how much a divorce or separation can affect the teens stress. Divorce is painful. It’s painful for parents, for kids, and for close friends and family. We all respond to pain differently depending on who we are and our stages of life. Hormones is something teenagerrs are majorly effected by on constant basis, so because of this most teachers and parents think that a teen who is unhappy is just experiencing hormonal effects when in reality it is usually something much more serious than that. Improving lifestyle and behavioral choices are essential steps toward increasing overall health and avoiding chronic stress. The key to managing stress is recognizing and changing the behaviors that cause it, but changing your behavior can be challenging.Taking a small step to reduce your chronic stress and even improve your emotional health, such as going on a daily walk, can have a beneficial effect. Being active is a small but very powerful change you can make to manage chronic stress. Physical activity increases your body’s production of feel-good endorphins, a type of neurotransmitter in the brain, and helps in treating mild forms of depression and anxiety. In addition, eating a healthy diet and enhancing both the amount and quality of your sleep may also be very beneficial. Some people remember their childhood in a happy way like maybe going swimming everyday with your family and friends at grandma’s house, or even spending winters indoors with hot chocolate in your hands sitting by the fireplace. Sadly, in reality not everyone has these happy memories, and as teenagers we are only a few years older than still being children ourselves so for the most part we can vividly what horrific times wwe went through. A bad childhood could be another cause of depression in teenagers. Brain development in infancy and early childhood lays the foundation for all future development. Trauma in early childhood can result in many defects to our mental health as we grow older. Early childhood trauma generally refers to the traumatic experiences that may occur to children ages 0-6. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence such as child physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence or can even be the result of a natural disaster, accidents or even war. Treating depression would also mean changing a lifestyle, which in the end is not that easy to do. When you’re depressed, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under a dark shadow. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. Which is why even if your depression is keeping you from living the life that you want to, don’t hesitate to seek help. Learning about your depression treatment options wi9ll help you decide which approach is right for you. Some treatments can range from medication, physiotherapy,hospital and residential treatment, or even the littlest things like taking care of yourself. Your doctor may determine a diagnosis of depression based on a physical exam, lab tests and psychiatric evaluation. Depression is a real, treatable brain illness and health problem. Think about talking with people you trust to help them better understand what you are going through. Depression can run in families. Maybe you haven’t realised that you even have depression and have been blaming yourself for being negative. Depression is a horrible situation for any teen to go through. It needs to be stopped right away. Think about the thoughts going through their mind,and how they feel without anyone there for them, by their side, helping them. Talk to them, give them a friend, or maybe even advice. Saving a teen in depression is saving a life. Saving a life can change the world. Remember that depression is not your fault!