“I’m so depressed! I got a B on my AP calc test 😡” – lots of people.
But are you actually? What is depression anyways? How do we distinguish that from sadness? Let me put it this way; You’re not depressed if you get one bad grade in a test.
Unfortunately, depression is still a huge problem in teens nowadays. According to John Hopkin’s article on the Rise in Teenage depression, clinical depression, and anxiety in teens ages 12-17 are on the rise. But what is depression anyways? You see, there is a huge difference between the feeling of depression and actually being clinically depressed. I conducted a survey to analyze the knowledge high schoolers have on this certain mental health issue, as results shows, I
You see, the difference between clinical depression and the feelings of depression lies in the symptoms of those who are clinically depressed. Symptoms includes but is not limited to the following;
- Changes in appetite
- Insomnia or Excessive sleeping
- Energy loss
- Suicidal thoughts
Lossin activities that once interested them
These are the basic symptoms that people who have clear signs of clinical depression experience, I have to say, it is tough. It’s not easy being in a state in which your mind is working against you, but essentially you can’t really control it. Since so many people experience depression, I have implemented a visual to show you our thought process. This is called the “Change triangle”
This Change Triangle essentially explains our emotions, as you can see, the malaise feeling is a common human feel. This Change Triangle can be a solution to help many who are conflicted. This helps you identify your feelings.
Overall, Depression is a problem. It’s a problem amongst teen that needs to be put into the spotlight, not to be glorified or romanticized, but to raise awareness on the importance on mental health and the increasing amount of teens effected by it. We can do this by simply reducing inconsiderate humor or speeches made to target those effected, which is a lot more than we think. By adding more knowledge to depression, we can identify the symptoms and help those in need, especially when they choose not to stand up and speak out. Everyone effected by depression needs to be heard.
CALL TO ACTION !
it is important that we’re all aware of the issue of depression, linked below is a video to me talking about what we can do to battle and raise awareness of such issue.
Below is an image I drew to put depression into