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My personal connection:
Many of my friends and family members have experienced depression around me on all different levels of severity. Through seeing all of these different experiences I have gained a lot of insight and desire to learn more about depression. I want to learn more about it so that I can not only help others around me when I see them struggling but also to raise the awareness on how others should help their friends out when they see it happening to them. I think the more people that hear about the small ways you can help your community, the better off we as a society of teenagers will be when dealing with depression.
Depression sweeps the teenage population of the United States. It is the number one mental illness for teens. 20% of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. Of these 20% of teens that experience depression, a vast majority of them think at least once about suicide. This is a life threatening illness for many teenagers in our world.
How to identify someone struggling with depression:
- Lost of interest in things that they previously enjoyed
- Sleep difficulties (wether that be lack of or excessive amounts)
- Eating changes
- Anger and Irritability
- Loss of confidence
How to help someone struggling with depression (call to action):
- Talk to the person about what you have noticed in them
- Explain that you understand that depression is an illness not a personal flaw of theirs… make them feel as though you are right there with them and support them
- Explain to them there are professionals to help them but if they are not comfortable with this, make them aware that you are there to be their listener
- Make plans with them to keep them company
- And finally, be patient with them and follow in their lead
- If you want a bit more on what to say to someone, here is a great article that showed me great ways to help others: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-to-say-when-someone-is-depressed-1067474
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“Major Depression.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml.
Monroe, Jamison. “New Report Shows Depression Rates Rising.” Newport Academy, Newport Academy, 30 Nov. 2018, www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/teen-depression-study/.
“Teen Depression.” I Need a Lighthouse, www.ineedalighthouse.org/depression-suicide/teen-depression/.
“The Rise of Teen Depression.” Johns Hopkins Health Review, www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/fall-winter-2017/articles/the-rise-of-teen-depression.