Essay on The Problem Of Teenage Depression

1271 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 6 Pages
Teenage depression is becoming more prominent in Canadian society and people need to become more aware. According to a study done in 2013 “The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.”(Canadian Mental Health Association [CMHA]). As well as research done by Teen Mental Health, “1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20 percent of our population but yet only about 4 percent of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health” (Teen Mental Health, 2014). We cannot escape this circumstance.
Canadian society needs to start looking more in-depth at the reasons or causes as to why teenagers are becoming depressed at such young ages, and what services are available for those who are suffering. The first step in helping depressed teens is finding out why they are becoming depressed and why the rates of depression are increasing. According to the Stress-Related Disorders Sourcebook there is no single cause of depression (Sutton, A. 2011). Most people associate depression with feeling sad and cheerless, however depression is much more than that. This mental illness results in lack of energy, insomnia or hypersomnia, significant weight loss or gain, fatigue, lack of interest in activities and overwhelming feelings including thoughts of death and suicide (Hart D. 1999).
Some people are depressed because it is genetic and it runs in their families, however some people are depressed because of…

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