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Depression is one of the most common health problems in the United States today Adolescent suicide is now responsible for more deaths in youths aged fifteen to nineteen than cardiovascular disease or cancer Despite this increased suicide rate depression in this age group is greatly underdiagnosed and leads to serious difficulties in school work and personal adjustment which may often continue into adulthood It affects about 178million people each year almost half of these being women Girls are more likely to become depressed twice as much as men and much of that is due to the society girls live in today Todays culture is based on capitilism sexism and lookism Pipher 18 Also most girls are brought up to respond differently to situations then men and are not shown how to express their anger There also never used to be R rated movies or designer clothes or sex or graphic violence in the media Being shapely and healthy looking was beautiful There was no Playboy or XXX movies drugs were not in every neighborhood Teenagers would rebel through clothes hair and music Now more than ever teenage girls are in danger and our world is to blame In order to even understand why depression is taking over the lives of so many young women our society needs to understand the minds of girls and depression itself Some believe depression is triggered by biological events and hormonal fluctuations but that has never been proven Shapiro 16 There are three catergories of depression major depression dysthymia and bipolar Major depression significantly alters behavior and health interfering with everyday life Dysthymia or chronic mild depression has milder symptoms but is longer lasting Bipolar disorder involves periods of manic behavior followed by feeling of depression Typical physical symptoms of depression are headaches stomach aches insomnia loss or gain of appetite and changes in menstruation Emotional changes include hopelessness empitness remorse and guilt Inability to think clearly withdrawl from
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