Depression is a big issue in our society today. It is increasing in girls quicker than it is in boys and it plays a bigger role in girls lives. There are so many teenagers dealing with depression and going untreated and it makes it harder to deal with when dealing with it alone.

Studies show from the last 10 years that in a 12-month period the amount of teenagers with depression increases. With the depression episodes they have found that depression increased in girls from 13% in 2005 to 17% in 2014.  It also increased by two for boys, 4% in 2005 to 6% in 2014.

Over time the total number of teenagers has raised from 172,495 to 178,755. The total number of teenagers doesn’t add up to the amount getting treatment, meaning not many are getting help they need for their depression.

What causes depression? Angie Wilson with the Grace C. Mae Advocate Center has stated, “ There are many theories to this question. Research topic claims that its what we are exposed to growing up. If we have an unstable, inconsistent parenting and nurturing it causes us to have a harder time trusting people.”

Depression is more seen in girls. More so because girls are more involved in cyber bullying and negative texting. Females usually face more stress than guys do, which all the stress can cause depression as well.

Is depression curable? Again Angie Wilson stated, “This question is hard to answer.  There are specific types of depression that may go away all together.  Some work towards small goals. Through therapy, and work processing what a possible root to these issues may be, significant improvement may be seen. For others, managing depression and anxiety is a daily effort that people fight through by using coping skills, safety plans for themselves and support systems.”

The ones who receive treatment remain little change, meaning more depressed adolescents don’t receive treatment.  Untreated depression can lead to many different things more or less suicide. Suicide is now the second cause of death for adolescents aged 15 to 19.

Depression is a growing deadly threat to the US adolescent population. The cause of depression steadily increasing should definitely investigate. Therefore what can we do ourselves to help others with depression?

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