How depression affects us and tangle our emotions.
Teenage years can be very difficult, and it’s perfectly natural to feel depressed or irritable from time to time. These feelings often don’t go away or become so strong that you feel hopeless and powerless. Teen depression is much more than feeling depressed or down in the dumps for a short period of time. It’s a severe and crippling mood disorder that can alter the way you think, act, and work in everyday life, causing issues at home, school, and in social situations. When you’re sad, you may feel helpless and alone, as if no one understands you. Despite the fact that you may be surrounded by your close ones, it might seem that there is always a dark cloud of depression that will never pass.
It’s difficult to put into words how depression feels because we don’t all have the same experience. Depression is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and desperation in some teenagers. For others, it’s a constant feeling of rage or agitation or just a sense of “emptiness.”
Contrary to popular belief, depression is not caused solely by a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be treated by medicine. Rather, a mixture of biological, psychological, and social factors contributes to depression. Since teenage can be a period of great stress and confusion, you’re likely to be subjected to a variety of stresses that could aggravate your depression symptoms. Hormonal shifts, issues at home or school, and concerns about who you are and where you fit in are a few examples of such stressors.
Because of the heightened academic demands, social problems, and hormonal shifts that occur during adolescence, one out of every five teenagers suffers from depression. Teenagers, unlike adults, who can seek support on their own, rely on their parents, teachers, or other caregivers to understand their distress and get them the help they need. But it isn’t always easy. For one thing, depressed teenagers don’t often look sad. Irritability, rage, and agitation, on the other hand, can be the most prominent symptoms.
The negative consequences of teenage depression extend well beyond a sad mood. Depression will obliterate the teenager’s personality, leaving them with an intense sense of sorrow, depression, or anger. Teenagers’ rebellious and unhealthy habits or attitudes may be signs of depression. Teenagers who suffer from depression also have a pessimistic view of the world. They can be harsh on themselves, making them feel worthless and unloved. They can be distracted by minor issues that the rest of us take for granted. They’re on the verge of giving up and most of the time end up doing so. They withdraw from others and stop participating in events, which isolates them and makes them feel even worse. Eventually, they start looking at existence as a curse.
However, this situation can be helped. Detecting early signs in your children or talking freely with your parents is the first step. Sometimes having a conversation with some adult close to you will help you navigate your feelings, but if the feelings still persist you may require the help of a practiced therapist. Based on this initial assessment, a further course of action can be decided.