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Adolescent Depression Depression (also known as melancholia) is the state of sadness, decreased
initiative, and introversion. It’s known as being blue, or just being down. Depression can be caused
by anything that’s disturbing to the individual, or can be caused by massive amounts of stress.
Anything that gives you a feeling of guilt can lead to depression. Adolescence is a time where there
are great amounts of stress due to mental, physical, and chemical changes in the body. This is the
time where many people feel down or depressed. It sometimes goes unnoticed because it’s felt that
these are just things kids have to go through, but speaking from personal experience not everything
is written in plain black and white. Adolescent depression is a big problem, and if nothing’s done
about it, it can lead to an emotional breakdown. Sometimes resulting in attempted suicides.
Adolescence is what scientists label a problem period. This is the time where children, become
young adults. They are being prepared for adulthood. To prepare for this the body must go through
a certain amount of changes. These changes are both physical and mental: “Adolescence” comes
from the Latin verb adolescere, which means “to grow,” or “to grow to maturity.” Maturing involves
not only physical but also mental growth. On the physical side, it means the attainment of mature
stature...mentally a mature individual is one who has reached their maximum intelligence level.

During this time, weird things begin to happen to the mind and body that are scary but exciting at the
same time. But this time also brings huge amounts of pressure and stress. Some of which the child
may not be able to handle, causing them to feel “weighed down” by life. The teen doesn’t have to
be troubled to feel depressed, all it takes is something negative that makes them feel insecure and
you have the beginnings of adolescent depression. During this period the youth is worried about
their new role in life. They are unsure of their abilities and this confuses them, adding stress to an
already stressful period:

A person is an adult when he can take his place and play his role in adult affairs, physically, socially,
and economically. A person is regarded as an adolescent until he operates as an adult.

During this period of the youths life, it causes them to be confused, uncertain, and anxious. This is a
transition period for the youth, and it may be too much for one to handle causing emotional

Like all transitions, adolescence is marked by shiftings backward and forward from old to new
behavior, from old to new attitudes. Instability and inconsistency are indications of immaturity.

This shows that the youth is unsure of themselves and they’re second-guessing their abilities, and
they are trying to adjust themselves to the new status that they must now assume in their new social
group. There are easy to read signs of transition (the beginning stages of depression). Because he
feels unsure of himself and insecure of his status, the adolescent tends to be aggressive,
self-conscious, and withdrawn. This causes them to shelter themselves and become more reserved.
They won’t talk much, and they’ll begin to feel less social, unwanted, and misunderstood. This is
from my personal experience. The teen years is when the depression usually goes unnoticed
because people feel this is just a phase and eventually they’ll grow out of it. Sometimes you do, and
sometimes you don’t. It’s like a time bomb ticking away that could go off at any minute. moods are
linked to physical functions. But when they last for several days and weeks, these are when the
sirens are going off. These are warning signs that there are severe disturbances of personality or
undesirable conduct. Although these are symptoms that all teens go through, they differ depending
on sex. As adolescents boys and girls worry about different problems, but they all lead to the same
thing. Girls are more concerned with school problems, relating to their parents, family adjustments,
social adjustments, personal attractiveness, and etiquette. Boys worry about money and problems
relating to their future. Being a teen is stressful enough