I was wondering why else do teens get depressed. I came to a conclusion that depression can be caused by abuse. Abuse can take a big role in a teenagers. Hearing about people they love like friends or family being abused is already enough to make them feel sad, but once you experience abuse first hand, your whole world changes.
When you first get a hit, you figure that you did something wrong and you are being reprimanded. But then when you get hit constantly just because of how the abuser feels at that moment, then you know that you are being abused. When you become a teenager, I believe that you are too old to be getting hit! Coming from a house where I would get beatings while I was sleeping and waking up with a good amount of long welts going across my back, it changed my life.
I started to act different. Every night just before I go to sleep, the slightest noise makes me jump, thinking that I was going to get a beating. I would ride in the car with my dad and he would ask me a question and if I didn't answer "quick enough" for him, he would smack me across the face or just start hitting me. He would yell at me and call me names then expect for me to pass school with him calling me names because of my school work. I would spend countless hours up at night writing poetry when he went to sleep. Now it's like I have to rebel against anyone that says something that I think will bring me down. These types of things brings teenagers down.
Being abused by someone who supposedly "loves" you can take a toll on a teen. They can be verbally or physically abused and then the outcome is either becoming a stronger person, being mentally, physically, and emotionally unstable or a bad mixture of both. Being a teenager, hearing someone close to you talk about you makes you feel basically like crap because what your friends and family say matters in their eyes. On the other hand there are teens that "just don't give a damn" because they listened to what people had to say, got some kind of disturbance and then they just stopped caring because they aren't the person that they wanted to be. They only did things to satisfy people. People like me don't want to satisfy people, they want to be happy without changing who they are.