Statistics show that 1 out of every 33 child and 1 out of 8 teenager suffers from some symptoms of depression. There are almost 15 million Americans who suffer from depression every year, with more woman then men. Depression is caused by a variety of factors that differ from person to person. Main causes of depression include drug or alcohol abuse, certain medical conditions, medications like steroids, sleeping problems, and stressful life events. Stressful life events seem to be the main cause of depression which includes instances like break ups and separations from your significant other, failing a class or doing poorly in school, death or illness of someone close to you, childhood abuse or neglect, job loss, financial problems, and social isolation which is more common in the elderly. Although these symptoms are more common in young adults and adults, adolescents may share some of the same symptoms. They also face symptoms of their own which include bullying or harassment (most commonly found in schools), child abuse (physical and sexual), lack of social skills, learning disabilities, long-term illnesses, poor parenting or care giving, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and others. It is important to find the cause of depression in order to treat it.
There are a number of signs to depressions and being alert to track symptoms is important. Signs of depression include, but are not limited to: agitation, restlessness, irritability, a change in appetite which can be a dramatic weight loss or weight gain, difficulty in concentration, fatigue or lack of energy, feeling hopeless or helpless, feelings of guilt and self hate, worthlessness, isolating oneself from the rest, memory loss, loss of interest (especially in activities that were once fun), trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, and thoughts of death. When one undergoes depression, they may also engage in non-acceptable behaviors which include criminal behavior, irresponsible behavior, poor school performance, grade droppings, spending more time alone, use of alcohol or illegal substances. It should be considered though, that these symptoms may not be a cause of depression, but just a cause due to other problems the person is facing.
When establishing that you or those around you are suffering from depression, it is important to treat it before it gets worse. For children and those who are still young, bringing it to the attention of a medical provider may be the best choice. They can provide you with expert advice that include therapy talk and antidepressant medications. Antidepressant medications are for more of the severe cases of depression and it is not recommended for those who are young of age. It is more common for teenagers to undergo both talk therapy as well as medications to control their depression because it is severe. It is important to carefully watch those who consume antidepressant medications, especially within the first few months of starting medication. Antidepressant medications can cause mood swings and have other side affects that may cause patients to stop taking medications. It is important to provide attention and support to those who are undergoing depression. This may be the best treatment to help those overcome difficult times and start fresh. Because severity of depression varies from person to person, the signs of depression will not be the same as well. After understanding the causes of depression, the amount of attention for treatment will differ as well, but at the very least, support is crucially important for all who suffer from depression in order for them to quickly recover. Depression is a cause of many deaths, do not let it be the cause of yours or the loved ones around you.