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Battling Depression

According to a recent article from CBS, as many as one in ten teens battle depression at some point—but that doesn’t mean you have to go the road alone.

Some common signs of depression are consistent sadness, irritability, not doing as well in school as you normally would, and taking less interest in things you used to enjoy, like sports or hanging with friends. Doing things like using drugs or alcohol or turning to other risky behaviors to cope also point to depression.

There’s lotsa help out there, so if these signs sound familiar, it’s time to open up to a parent, doctor, school counselor or other trusted adult. As many as 33% of teens aren’t diagnosed or don’t get help because they’re embarrassed, according the website Truth is, a bout of depression is nothing to feel ashamed about. Plenty of teens have been in your position, and getting help is crucial.

Some more scary stats: Almost twice as many teen girls struggle with depression than boys, and attempt suicide three times more often than boys. Girls can also be more sensitive to social issues than boys, so they might be more likely to suffer from depression triggered by things like fighting with or losing friends.

Periods of depression usually last about six to nine months, but experts say that factors like genetic predisposition or life stressors like probs with family and friends can make it reoccur, or even last for years.

BY ALISSA SCHELLER ON 8/3/2010 1:53:00 PM


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