Depression occurs in all age groups, social classes and cultures. It is far more common in women, affecting 25 percent of women versus about 10 percent of men. Additionally, depression also affects one out of every 20 teenagers.
It is very important to make a distinction between situational depression, which is a normal reaction to events around us, and clinical depression, which is triggered from within and is not related to external situations. Situational depression is quite common and normally follows stressful situations or losses. Rather than suppress these feelings, it is best to work through these periods with help from psychotherapists or counselors. Clinical depression is a medical diagnosis and often requires other forms of treatment.
The core symptoms of depression include:
* A sullen mood * Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and anxiety * Loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable * Change in appetite * Change in sleeping patterns * Inability to concentrate * A lack of energy or feeling run-down
Clinical depression can be triggered by a recent loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than appropriate, affecting your emotional health. While there are many theories about mood disorders, the actual causes of depression remain unclear. The current branch of medicine that addresses depression, psychiatry, is deeply founded in materialistic thinking, and believes that all mental problems stem from imbalances in brain chemistry.While it seems likely that some cases of depression may result from deficiencies or excess neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, it makes equal sense to suggest that mood disorders actually result in disordered brain biochemistry.
Those with a family history of depression are much more likely to experience its effects at some point in their lives.
In addition, there are several factors that can precipitate depression:
* A recent loss or sad event such as the loss of a job, bereavement or social isolation * Side effects of certain drugs * Infections such as AIDS, mononucleosis and viral hepatitis * Pre-menstrual syndrome * Rheumatoid arthritis * Certain types of cancer * Neurological disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease * Nutritional deficiencies of B12 or B6
I would not say it is normal. Have you talked with anyone about it ? Without knowing anything about you or your life, I can't tell you what to do, and no responsible person would.
Teenagers do get moody and are experiencing new things because of hormone and body changes so that could certainly be part of it, but I think you should find someone to talk with so you can get to the bottom of why you think you are depressed.
Trust me, looking back on your teenage years, you will think they were stress free and problem free compared to life when you get older.
I wouldn't say it's normal... It's nit normal for anyone to be depressed... U need to believe in urself, neva let small things, or what anyone else thinks bother u... U r the only 1 living ur life... & so what if someone does not approve... Neva let ur confidence drop....
i would say it is normal for teens to have constant depression for long periods of time this like any other human gets and it is called major depression. what can you do to be happier is just think how lucky you are that you have 2 legs and 2 arms and you are healthy and have a roof over your head. you are here for a reason and god put you here and he wants you to help someone close to you.