Teen Stress Depression And Suicide
Stress, Depression, and Suicide all have a connection to all of our lives. Sometimes they affect different people in many different ways. Sometimes people never even notice that they are starting to develop any of these serious conditions. There are many different ways to recognize these conditions. In this paper I will explain to you what the condition is, what some of the symptoms are, how they may affect people, and how to treat it.
Stress is a specific response by the body to stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the fear of pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism. Some causes of stress can be drugs, alcohol, family problems, Friend problems, or physical appearance. Stress is caused by different things depending on age too; some causes of adult stress can be the health and welfare of ones family, work, or the cost of living. One result of stress can be the “Fight or Flight” response. The Fight or Flight response is when your body goes under immediate stress and you get an adrenaline (energy) rush. Some ways that people reduce stress are to do their favorite physical activity like dance or run, but some people prefer a more relaxing activity such as painting, drawing, or listening to music. There are two different kinds of stress, Eustress and Distress. Eustress is the stress that is deemed healthful where as distress is the stress that has to do with a great deal of pain, anxiety, and or sorrow. Some examples of different symptoms of stress can be anything from drinking problems to becoming extremely antisocial. If stress goes untreated for too long it can eventually lead to mild or severe depression or maybe even suicide.
Depression is a condition of general dejection and withdrawal; sadness is greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Some of the causes of depression can range from heredity, chemical imbalances, trauma, lifestyle factors, personality traits, fads, and bulling. Depression is pretty common in teenagers; about every one in five teens in the United States have depression whether it is mild or severe. It adults its less common, about nine and a half percent of the adult population in the United States have depression. There are several different kinds of depression such as Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Atypical Depression. Major Depressive Disorder is the most common of all the kinds it is often referred to as just depression or clinical depression. It is a mood disorder mainly characterized by a depressed mood, a lack of interest in activities, sudden changes in weight or sleeping patterns, and thoughts or death and or suicide. Dysthymic Disorder is a mild to moderate-to-moderate, chronic state of depression. Bipolar Disorder is an illness that consists of alternating periods or elevated moods, often referred to as manic episodes, and depression. These periods of mania can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months until depression returns. Postpartum Depression comes from pregnancy from the many hormonal shifts. The dramatic shifts can sometimes affect mood. It’s commonly called the baby blues. It can range from mild symptoms that can go away without treatment all the way up to postpartum psychosis, which left untreated, may be responsible for tragic murders of children. Seasonal Affective Disorder is usually when you experience depression, sleepiness, weight gain, and carbohydrate cravings during the winter months, but as soon as spring rolls around you feel great, you may have this one. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder usually comes around before your menstrual period. Some commonly reported symptoms are irritability, fatigue, anxiety, nervous tension, mood swings, depression, feeling overwhelmed, out of control, or food cravings. Atypical Depression so symptoms of this are improved mood when good things happen, overeating, over sleeping, and sensitivity to rejection. Depression can usually be treated trial and error of prescription antidepressant medications, psychological help, and ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy). Some signs that someone could possible be depressed are suicidal thoughts or attempts, memory loss, drug and or alcohol abuse, and disorientation. Some short-term effects are crying spells for no apparent reason, trouble focusing, feeling worthless, suicidal behaviors such as cutting, being easily annoyed, unexplained physical problems, difficulties making everyday decisions, and commonly reoccurring headaches. Some long-term effects are chronic fatigued, constant aches and pains, increased susceptibility to illness, weakened immune system, anxiety attacks, and agoraphobia. If depression goes untreated for too long there can be effects such as not wanting to leave the house, no want or effort to be sociable, lack of affection, no care about appearance, self-mutilation (cutting), and suicidal attempts.
The leading causes of suicide amongst teens are substance abuse, divorce of parents, parental unemployment, financial problems, isolation from friends and or family, rejections, domestic violence or abuse, lack of success, and depression. The leading causes of suicide amongst adults are depression, overwhelmed, withdrawal, rejection, substance abuse, looking for an easy way out, debt, want out of their misery (mainly elderly), and disease. Stress usually can lead to depression that can often lead to suicide. It’s kind of a chain link. The teen suicide rate in the United States ages 15-19 is about 7.9/ 100,000 that’s about 1,611 deaths out of 20,271,312 teens. The number of teens committing suicide each year has increase a lot over the years. More men the women commit suicide each year also, I believe that its due to the fact that men are supposed to be made out to be big and tough and never cry. Approximately 25,907 teen boys committed suicide out of 145,973,538 compared to the 6,730 teen girls. I think the reasoning in that is the fact that men think they have to be tough because that’s how media makes them out to be like they are some kind of macho, buff, tough, and made to kill freak. So I think over all the boys try and push themselves too far.
Over all I think that Stress, Depression, and Suicide are all linked together in a very strange overwhelming way like one leads to the other. Its kind of like the domino affect so if we are able to just keep the dominos standing, who knows that the future will bring us! Lets just hope for the best and hope that the more and more we teach about this more kids will realize that it isn’t the right way to solve anything and will teach them the correct way.