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Adolescent Depression

             No one can combine a four point zero, homecoming princess, and suicide together. This characteristic is an inconceivable image of a beautiful seventeen year old young lady. Unimaginable, but vastly possible because, she is my sister. One morning we were talking about the headline news, and a couple hours later, she was talking to her high school counselor about shooting herself. According to Dr. Liu, crying out for help is a common indication that a person is suffering some form of depression, and 80% of these cases is a scared and desperate adolescent. .
             Depression is a disease that effects the human psyche where there may be a too few, or too much chemical imbalance in the brain (Brown 2002). Scale range can be from mild to severe. This is a serious problem that calls for prompt, and appropriate treatment because if unrecognized, may lead to serious forms of depression, including bipolar disorder (formally known as manic-depression), or suicide (Grant 2002). .
             There are numerous factors that can contribute to depression, and in an adolescent it is always an unsettling time, with many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life. It is not unusual for teens to occasionally experience "the blues" or feel "down in the dumps," however, these feelings are often overlooked and the person is actually depressed. Recognizing a teenager having a "bad" week between one suffering from depression can prevent the appalling action of teen suicide.
             Adolescent suicide is now responsible for more deaths in youths aged fifteen to nineteen, and has increased more than 200% over the last decade (Lasko 57). At this alarming rate, detecting a teen with probable symptoms of depression is necessary to prevent matters worse. Everyday, young boys and girls undergo stressors and pressure, either from school, family, or friends. Bombarded with unrealistic academic expectations and conflicting messages from their loved ones can create a strong sense of rejection.

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