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Lava Heights Academy Helps Troubled Teens with Depression

Description of Teen Depression Although statistics show that girls are twice as likely as boys to develop teen depression, this is misleading. It has been reported that girls are more likely to disclose their depressive symptoms, or seek out help than boys. Subsequently, it only appears that girls are twice as likely to be depressed as boys. Boys frequently will show their depression through anger, and acting out, in seeking out peer groups that display asocial or antisocial behaviors. Depression is a major issue and Lava Heights Academy is here to help, please call 866-452-8772 today. Sufferers of teen depression are usually overwhelmed with a deep sense of hopelessness. They think of the most negative things, and may feel more comfortable in their depression. Causes Though, there is some evidence that some depression has a genetic basis especially, manic depression, or bipolar disorder, there are evidences to show that teen depression is learned not genetic. The following arguments support this opinion: Because much depression has to do with styles of thinking, behavior and interpersonal relationships, there is much scope for depressive styles to be passed down in families by learning. Even if you do have a genetic predisposition to depression, it is no more than a predisposition. You are not certain to suffer from teen depression, by any means. There is no gene for depression, and there never will be because genes just don’t work that way. Yapko, M.D. (1999). A depressed person depresses you. 

Other factors that cause teen depression are:

  Experiencing stress at school.  Parents can create stress by unrealistic expectations being placed on their teens to achieve, which may lead to teen depression.  Some degree of dysfunction in home. Whether it is communication between parents or between parents and teen.  Breakup of a relationship can cause teen depression  Physiological illnesses can induce teen depression  Teen depression may be caused by physical and sexual abuse,  Or sudden loss of a loved one.  Signs of Teen Depression If one or more of these signs of depression persist, you should seek help:  Frequent sadness, tearfulness  Hopelessness  You cannot make a decision  Decreased interest in activities  Persistent boredom; low energy   Drop in academic performance  Social isolation  Low self esteem  Extreme sensitivity to rejection  Increased irritability, anger  Also difficulty with relationships may a sign of teen depression  Frequent absences from school  Poor concentration may also point to teen depression  A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns  Efforts to run away from home  Thoughts or expressions of suicide  Alcohol and Drug Abuse  Sometimes physical symptoms may be a sign of teen depression. Headaches, muscle aches, low energy, sudden change in appetite or weight, insomnia or hypersomnia may be physical manifestations of teen depression Lava Heights Academy

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