Depression in Teenagers and Students

by Sam Malone

For those who have not been truly affected by depression, it can be hard to fathom the depths to which depression can bring a person. Many people dismiss depression as simply a matter of a bad mood or a feeling of being low. Depression can be a lot more than that and in many cases, it can become a chronic problem. When it comes to college students or teenagers, depression can be an alarming problem. The problem of depression in this case is further compounded by the fact that most people simply dismiss the problems of adolescents. The fact that they are neither children nor truly seen as adults lets older people dismiss their problems as something minor. They assume that such moods are a part of typical teenage angst and are nothing to worry about. A quick look at statistics of depression induced suicides amongst teenagers is enough to make one realize that depression is a very real problem amongst teenagers. Teenage years are truly filled with angst, and hormonal changes often spell trouble for teenagers. The transition into adulthood is likely to be fraught with all kinds of difficulties which adults tend to forget about, particularly in the modern context. For a teenager, the source of depression could be almost anything. Many college students find themselves thrust in a world completely alien to them after a sheltered school life. There is always the issue of social acceptability and this can be more so when a teenager from a same sex school suddenly has to find his or her footing in a co-ed one , or when surrounded by peers of a higher socio-economic status. For almost all teenagers, there is the problem of fitting in with the college crowd and having to start all over in a college where not everyone knows them. Adolescents might also find themselves having more trouble relating to and making peace with their parents. There is the longstanding problem of adolescents feeling that their parents simply not understanding them. Whatever the issue, open communication and watching out for signs that the student is depressed is of the utmost importance. Despite the gap of understanding, parents would need to be there to support such a teenager and to help him or her through the depression. It would also be important that, depending on the nature of the depression, a counselor be called in. Individual depression cases need to be handled differently but what remains constant is the need for a support network. This could range from trusted friends to the family spiritual leader. A doctor could help determine whether the depression has sprung up due to some health disorder.

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