Depression / Mental Health for Teens


Depression: the most common of the causes of teen suicide

According to the University of Texas, 75 percent of those who commit suicide are depressed. In teenagers, depression is considered a leading - if not the leading - cause of teen suicide. There are many factors that can cause depression in teenagers. Sometimes it is a chemical imbalance. Sometimes it influences outside of the teenager. And it can also be a manifestation of hopelessness and pessimism concerning future prospects.

Because depression can play such a large role in causing teen suicide, it is important to understand teen depression, and watch for the signs. Some of the signs of teen depression include:

  • Long and/or frequent periods of sadness ("the blues").
  • Irritability.
  • Mood swings.
  • Anxiety.
  • Dramatic changes in weight, diet, sleep and friends.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Feelings of unexplained or unreasonable guilt.

It is important to help treat teen depression before it develops into a suicide attempt. (bipolar kids and teens) (COLLEGE MENTAL HEALTH)