Just a Mood Swing?
We're young, healthy, and privileged. High school is challenging, but also full of friends and social events. This is the time of our lives, and we should be carefree, right? Not right...The stress of everything from course overloads to boyfriend drama fills the hallways. Still, it's normal for teens to stress and worry and feel sad now and again. But what's not normal? There are some who seem to be hit with those "raging teenage hormones" much harder than others, and just getting through the day can be a struggle. Often dismissed as normal adolescent mood swings, depression
Affects as many as 1 in 8 people in their teen years.
It can be difficult to recognize depression, especially when there is no traumatic event, which we usually associate with depression .
Sometimes, a person may experience depression without being able to point to any particular sad or stressful event. People who have a genetic predisposition to depression may be more prone to the imbalance of neurotransmitter activity that is part of de
We are at an age where many people, including ourselves, dismiss emotions as habitual teenage angst. Still, its important to be aware of ourselves and those around us, and recognize if someone isn't just having a bad day. When a bad day seems to have turned into weeks, with other symptoms like lack of energy, irritability, inability to concentrate, and others persist, the cause is probably depression. The year is starting to wind down, and people will be facing different challenges of college rejections, fear of leaving high school, friends moving away. It's important to remember to step outside ourselves and be aware of others, and be willing to listen and empathize.