Similar to adults, teenagers can also get into depression. There several causes and factors of teenage depression but like adult depression scientists have yet to discover a specific cause of teenage depression. The response to many situations and stresses in adolescence can be depression.
During the maturation process depressed mood, the stresses of adolescence, the influence of sexual hormones and independence conflicts with parents are common factors, which can lead to depression. Due to tremendous stress, teenagers are at a very high risk of developing depression. Below are some of the stresses and causes, which can lead to teenage depression.
The media today is having a negative impact on the teens. Media guide the teens about the perfect personalities, styles and living standards of life. All this information is being soaked up by the teens and they take it seriously. Adolescence girls are more likely to experience depression due to any problem in their face, skin or beauty than boys do. Not being satisfied with themselves, being overweight, not being good, glamorous or stylish enough are some causes of depression.
Students who are not academically good think that they cannot be successful in their studies and cannot make their parents happy. This thinking results in the lack of confidence and low self esteem issues. A teen may fall in depression if he does not think or feel special in being smart, beautiful, funny, creative, and athletic or simply being good enough.
Personal loss is another factor in teenage depression. Teens that have lost some one dear to them be it a friend, loved one or a family member or relative can find it difficult to handle these stressful incidents. And there are breakups between girlfriends and boyfriends which can lead to teen depression as they find it difficult to sort out their hurt and confused feelings.
Teens should be encouraged to keep themselves busy with creative and constructive work and with a little help from their family and friends, they can learn to cope with the stress of growing up.