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").
- Mood swings.
- 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.
http://www.bpkids.org/flipswitch (bipolar kids and teens)
http://www.ulifeline.org/main/Home.html (COLLEGE MENTAL HEALTH)