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Table of Contents Adolescent Depression Defined3 Causes of Adolescent Depression3 Family Issues3 Other Life Experiences3 Characteristics of Adolescent Depression4 Denial4 Treatment5 Psychotherapy5 Anti-depressants6 Group Therapy6 Prevention7 Statistics7 Boys versus Girls8 Conclusion8 BibliographyWorks Cited9 Definition of Adolescent Depression Adolescent Depression is a disorder occurring during the teenage years of life This type of depression is noticeable by constant sadness discouragement loss of self-worth and loss of interest in usual activities Depression is a serious medical condition In contrast to the common emotional experiences of sadness loss or passing mood states clinical depression is persistent and can interfere significantly with an individuals ability to function Barnard 7-8 Causes of Adolescent Depression Causes of teen depression or apparent triggers include situations of Social rejection Family turmoil and other life experiences Family Issues Depressed children often have depressed or stressed parents A depressed hyperactive child may be hard to raise Some parents have more coping skills than others A child may learn to give up because parents have not modeled good ways of coping with stressful situations Some suggest that parental patterns of irritability and withdrawal lead to low self-esteem in the child and that this predisposes the child to depression Some suggest that a genetically vulnerable child is more likely to develop depression when exposed to family stress Barnard 38-39 Other Life Experiences A teens reactions to life events outside of their control can affect the childs mood and emotions A stressful life event can plunge a teen into clinical depression especially if a person is at risk for depression due to other factors Some events the trigger a teens depression are Lingering medical illness Illness or death of a loved one Ending a relationship with a boyfriend or a pal or even moving to a new neighborhood Barnard 42-43 Characteristics of child and adolescent depression Parents and adolescents should be aware of the warning signs of depression and
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