Adolescence and High School Depression

Adolescence and High School Depression
As a fact, adolescence is a difficult period for all people. It changes life and the life perception, accompanies with stress. Adolescent is boy or girl in the transition from childhood to adolescence. Modern science defines adolescence, depending on the country (region of residence) and cultural and national characteristics, as well as sex. Age between 13 and 19 years is called the transition. At this time, adolescents have frequent argues with their parents, some of the adolescents are looking for themselves, their goals in life, fond of philosophy, they strive to learn more about the opposite sex. So there are relationships between adolescents and adolescent communication.

Most dramatically situation is usually in relations with parents. A person in the transition to adulthood becomes too aggressive and irritable. Bad treatment of the adolescent by his parents leads sometimes to escape from home or suicide. For him his own personal life is more important than his parents. Therefore, parents do not like how the children refuse to comply with their requests. The adolescent begins to criticize his appearance and becomes too impressionable. The adolescent feels comfortable only with his friends and (or) alone. But there are also such situations, when an adolescent feels a state of "eternal teenager", for example, he will much longer negatively react to any change in his life, rather than the “healthy adolescents”. But adolescence is a period of socialization and the development of a strong mind of a person. This period includes many important points useful for life, the character of a person, his habits and relationship. For adolescents it is important to evaluate themselves and their place in the world, and not a group of adolescents, to which he belongs.

Depression signs in teenagers are in the form of a specific continuum, ranging from the norm and ending with the most severe pathological states. This, perhaps, explains the difficulty of diagnosing of it. Adolescents often feel unhappy. However, if the feeling lasts for more than 2 weeks and there are other symptoms, perhaps it says about the development of depression.

It is estimated that approximately 3-6% of young people are experiencing depression. It is believed that between 2 and 10% of students experience depression. There are many reasons why adolescents feel unhappy. They may be having feelings of inferiority and inadequacy in the school, for example, because of learning, social interaction, sexual orientation or family life. If family, friends or any of the things that teens are usually satisfied with do not help improve the situation, to suppress the sadness, feelings of isolation, that means that the adolescent depression is observed.

If it seems that an adolescent is suffering from depression, then it is needed to find a doctor, a specialist who would help in this situation. Symptoms of teenage depression. Often, those adolescents who are experiencing depression, have dramatic changes in behavior and way of thinking, they lose motivation and they are also isolated from the society. The following symptoms are the main symptoms of depression in adolescents:

- sadness, irritability, feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest in food or, conversely, overeating, resulting in weight problems: loss of weight or gaining weight. Problems with sleep: at night - waking, and during the day – they sleep. Teens are no longer communicate with friends.
- rebellious behavior, poor school performance or refusal to attend school.
- complaints of headaches, dental pain, back pain, apathy.
- drinking alcohol, taking drugs, bad habits.
- thoughts of death.

Diagnosis of adolescent depression. There are no special tests to diagnose depression in adolescents. Doctors determined the presence of depression in adolescents, using various psychological tests and detailed medical interview with the help of the patient’s or his or her family members, teachers and peers. According to these interviews can be judged on the complexity of depression and the risk of committing a suicide. Also on the basis of this data the appropriate treatment is assigned. Parents and friends of the adolescent can help to cope with the high school depression and they have the power to change the situation. It is important to find a proper approach to the adolescent who is suffering with no reason and to help him. Being sincere and caring in such situations helps a lot and provides trust, which is very important in the adolescence period. Constant support of parents and friends, communication about problems and some good changes in life will help to avoid the high school depression.


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