Why isn’t depression taken so seriously? This is something that we hear a lot from those who are suffering from depression. It has been observed that a huge amount of people who suffer from depression do not tell anyone about it because they feel others won’t understand. Perhaps one of the major symptoms of having depression is having a feeling of being alone and not being understood by the society, and telling others about your depression when you know they won’t understand is not easy, as it takes a lot of courage. This is a major reason why a lot of people who suffer from depression, are unable to get the help that they require at the right time which results in a lot of negative consequences.
As per the Data from the Office for National Statistics of The UK, in 2017 it was found that the suicide rate among the youngster has been increased and astonishingly has hit its highest rate in 14 years with more than four suicides a week. This is an astounding figure which alerts for the society, and there are some very serious actions that must be taken to prevent it. Teens are a highly vulnerable group when it comes to depression and suicide. As per a research, the risk factor of more amount of teens facing depression is on the rise, which is very dangerous, as there is always a risk of committing suicide, during a major episode of depression.
Several reasons have been observed why teens struggle, and many of these reasons can trigger a huge depressive episode. Being bullied, excessive use of social media, family problems, exams pressure, academic stress, are few of the most potent causes of stress for students.
To cure this increasing issue, it is significant for the parents and teachers to be well aware of the potential warning signs and the ways how to get help.
Warning signs of teen suicide
All the teenagers are different from each other, and a lot of them try to disguise how they feel, as they don’t show or tell it to anyone. Although it is not always possible to predict the outcomes or identify signs of depression and suicidal ideation, there are still some symptoms that are exhibited. Below are some warning signs of a major depression episode and suicidal ideation.
- Talking excessively about death, suicide and harming own selves.
- A high change in behavior and personality
- Talking about being hopeless, and feeling worthless and helpless
- An excessive change in the sleeping patterns which includes insomnia and hyper insomnia
- Changes in the eating patterns, which includes excessive eating or losing appetite
- Behaving self destructively
- A decrease of academic performance and lack of concentration towards things.
- Staying quiet and isolating one’s self from family and peers
- Giving away prized possessions
- Showing the feeling of being very guilty and shameful about something and saying that others do not care and things would be better without
- Feeling of hopelessness and making a statement that thing s will not improve in the future.
- Felling high stressful and sad about something
- Visiting loved ones too often
There are several risk factors that may result in increased risk level for suicidal ideation among youth.
- Always going for perfection
- Facing depressed and having anxiety and several others mental health problems
- Abuse of drugs
- Being sexually abused in the past
- Having a very low self-esteem
- Struggling with academic life
- Lack of peer and family support
- A family history of suicidal attempts
Helping a depressed teenager
It is very important to realize that depression is not a choice, it is a disease which will not go on its own. If you see any of the above symptoms in your teen, it’s very important to talk to him about it in a nonjudgmental way, as leaving depression untreated can be very dangerous an life-threatening, and it is always better to take action rather than having regrets later on. You have to make them realize that you are here to help. The following interventions can be helpful for your teen.
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Medication management
Laura Holden is a professional child psychiatrist and a blogger. She also operates a Child and adolescent psychiatry care center in the UK. Not only does she practices child psychiatry, but she educates others about it as well. She helps and provides help to the students of Psychology on Online Essay Help.