Depression in Teenagers of the 21st Century

How has depression become a common reoccurrence in teenagers of the 21st century? What are the ways we can help those who suffer?

WELCOME: Hey guys! I have created this site for people to learn more about depression in teenagers. I am aiming to help people by providing a place where you can learn more and spread awareness!

ABOUT ME: My name is Sides Bell and I am from Savannah, GA. I have lived here my whole life but currently am in the 11th grade at boarding school in Virginia!
GOAL OF THIS WEBSITE: My goal for creating this website is to share information about depression in teenagers with everyone. I believe that the more people that are properly informed about teenage depression and how to help with it because it is different than depression in adults. There are different factors and triggers and what better time than a conference with teenagers. The more people who are willing to open up about their suffering. I specifically made this page so that people could learn about depression though many different ways of media, trying to grab peoples attention. 

People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black.  But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.



Sarah, a girl who suffered from depression during her teenage years opens up about her struggle to Teri Robert on August 31, 2009 in the link below. Here is one of the questions in her interview to give you incite to the full article:

Q: What DID you feel? A: I remember thinking one day….shouldn’t I be enjoying this more? I was hanging out with friends and everyone was laughing and having a great time, but I caught myself laughing because that’s what everyone else was doing. But I wasn’t finding anything funny. Now I know this happens to people, but then I started to recognize other symptoms. I was numb to everything. I found it hard to bring myself out of bed, I wasn’t hungry I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy things I normally did. At first I had no clue what was going on, I felt confused. I thought maybe it’s just me going through a phase, but the feelings never left. It honestly felt like I was sinking in a pit of sand that was 1000 pounds heavy, but I couldn’t get myself out, and I didn’t want to.

Watch this video to get a backround of depression: 

How is teenage depression different from adult’s? 

Being a teenager in the 21st century means that we have many more chances to interact with people, and in many cases, people we truly don’t want to be interacting with. With current technology, there are so many new ways that people can become isolated, change theirselves, and hurt others from behind a screen. Experts have found that people who use social media very frequently, such as teenagers now, tend to feel more ‘socially isolated’. Instead of the satisfaction of a face to face conversation, people rely on texts and snapchats to get important conversations across. Acording to PsyD Alexandra Hamlet, who is a clinical phychologist: “The less you are connected with human beings in a deep, empathic way, the less you’re really getting the benefits of a social interaction.”

Does Social Media Cause Depression?


Ways to Help: Positive Psychology Edition

  • going for a walk
    • this can help someone to clear their mind 
    • getting in a new setting, one other than a place that they are typically stressed in, can help to calm down
  • writing their thoughts and emotions in a journal 
    • getting you feeling out can help relieve the botteled up feeling 
    • it can help manage feelings
  • getting enough sleep 
    • try to make a night time routine: going to bed at the same time, getting fully ready for bed (not skipping something), waking up around the same time 
  • exercise 
    • for many people, this helps to releive stress and to get your mind off of negative thoughts  
  • try a new hobby 
    • picking up a calming hobby can make you feel like you did something productive and worth your time 

How Can You Help? 

  • If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, reach out to them randomly. This helps them know that someone cares for them, someone wants them in their life. 
  • Acknowledge their suffering, dont tell them that it is made up or they are over reacting. 
  • Contact a trusted adult to help this person, you can not be their therapist, but you can encourage them to talk to one. 

Contact Information for Help 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

  • If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.

National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

  • This resource provides brief interventions for youth who are dealing with pregnancy, sexual abuse, child abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts. They also provide referrals to local counseling, treatment centers, and shelters.


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  1. April 25, 2020 by Morgan

    Hi, your project was so fun to look at and learn about, I am also taking a positive psychology class and I am finding it very interesting about learning new ways to help. Something that struck me about your project is one how organized it was and also I love how your whole project came to a helpful question and support.

  2. April 27, 2020 by Lily

    This project is very well written and is very interesting to read. The question you stated about how is teenage depression different from adults really got me thinking about all the different reasons such as social statuses and the social media aspect. I am taking a psychology class next year and I am excited to learn in more detail about topics like this.

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