Most parents have heard a teen say one of the following: “I’m too tired to get up just let me sleep” or maybe “I just want to be left alone.” Or how about “You just don’t understand what I am going through.” Unfortunately, parents have a tendency to just put these comments down to their children being everyday teenagers. Every teen will have normal bouts of depression that lasts a week or so and then they bound back to their usual cranky teenage self and get on with life. What most parents do not realize is that more and more teens suffer from clinical depression and continued comments like these are possible signs of this type of depression. There are many things that contribute to clinical depression. Just a few of contributing factors could be; being bullied, peer pressures, emotional neglect, or feelings of helplessness. If you look at all of these factors the one thing that stands out is the ability of these factors to strip a teenagers feeling of self-worth. Lack of self-worth is the biggest cause of clinical depression among teenagers and can lead to severe consequences such as; suicide, withdrawal from society, and struggles with depression as an adult. As a parent it would be a crime to ignore the signs that their teenager has long term depression cause by a lack of self-worth and shrug it off as their teen just being a normal teenager.
Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definition for the word self-worth kind of says it all. Self-worth means: a feeling that you are a good person who deserves to be treated with respect. When a teenager is stripped of this very important feeling they have a tendency to spiral into a depressed state. If not treated with love and attention from family and the right counseling a teen’s life can become one viscous circle they can’t seem to stop.
When councilors are speaking with teen about depression one the main issues they hear from teens is that they are being bullied. Bullying can be many things and some children don’t even realize they are doing it to people. It could be as simple as commenting that the answer a fellow student has given is wrong and that they are stupid. When a child hears these things enough times they begin to believe that maybe they are stupid and they start to feel they deserve to be treated as such. You also have the children that know they are bully’s and get enjoyment from tormenting other children. Some teens who are trying to figure out their sexual orientation get bullied just because they are different from other children. Even though these are very different kinds of bulling techniques are different they all have the same effect on children. They make them feel like they don’t deserve other peoples respect.
Another major issue with teens that can send them into a state of depression is peer pressure. Peer pressure can be good and bad but sometimes they both have the same effect because as the term implies there is pressure involved. As...