Depression: A hindrance? Or an opportunity?

“Teenagers are too young to be ‘depressed’, they haven’t lived in the real world yet!” many adults may complain. On behalf of the teenage population, many of them would beg to differ. Teenagers have feelings too! This generation is a very diverse and peculiar group of people. They may not know exactly how life is outside the high school mind set, but their minds and hearts are capable of producing a varied mixture of emotions that a regular human at any age can feel. Feelings are ageless, and sadly, depression happens to be a part of this list.

Teenage depression is an unfortunate circumstance that an adolescent falls under when his or her vulnerability to society’s reality incapacitates their view on the world around them as a whole. Many adults who come from varying generations prior to this tell adolescents of this day in age that their teenage years are their glory years; however, many of those adolescents would move heaven and earth to skip these few years of hell away from their path.

Many take life’s every day, miniscule predicaments, blow them out of proportion, and expect someone to give them attention after doing so. “Attention,” is a recurring word in the list of sources from which depression is conveyed.
Depression can come from letting petty ordeals eat up your time or putting your attention to the insignificant details of your life.

Many teenagers who are depressed have a hard time concentrating on what they should be devoting their attention to. They are preoccupied with overanalyzing anything that is bothering them; whether it is problems in a relationship, problems within the family, problems with friends, or problems with themselves. Many who think about pleasing everyone and strive to meet different expectations realize that this endeavor is merely an impossibility. They spend so much time trying to give joy to everyone around them, and not enough to themselves.

The more humans calculate how to change themselves for others, the more they lose their true selves; the more they move further from the chances of being their original selves. If you cannot give genuine attention to yourself, it will be hard to accept genuine attention from others around you.

Another one of depression’s most familiar foundations is a lack of both desired and necessary attention. Adolescent minds and souls cannot fully function independently. No matter how “independent,” they try to make themselves seem, they need to be given a certain amount of attention and guidance to maintain sanity. When this amount is not met, there will be a spark in one’s head that they are not wanted. They will try to analyze why they don’t get the attention they want and they will put themselves down for whatever reasons they may find.

Depression can come from having too much time to think. When someone has too much free time on their hands, they tend to think a lot about life and about the past. Depression can result from dwelling too much on the past. It can be present amidst heartbreak through the opposite gender. Believe it or not, a lot of teenagers are depressed from the lack or the loss of a “significant other.”

Society has etched in their minds that they cannot survive on their own, they cannot be strong without a loving relationship with the opposite gender to support them.

One of the deepest types of depression comes from those who are dearest to you: friends and family. If one has attached themselves too much to a certain person or group, any sort of distance will hurt them inside. If they depend so much on their friends, they will be weak at their absence. Family, on the other hand, is slightly more reliable for unconditional love and care.

Family problems cause so much depression for some teens because of the amount of support they depend on from their family life line. If there is screaming in the house and abuse of the mind and body, it is hard to cope with the sight of loved ones getting hurt. If their families are too busy fighting, nobody will be there for them at their very own home.

The depression trigger is pulled by what makes their emotions build up: silence. This plague of depression wouldn’t be so severe if teenagers learned to accept that they need help from others. If they spoke up and didn’t keep everything inside, their minds would have a little less tension. Depression is the prison of words unsaid.

There are many things that we can do to help our every day lives a little more “sun-shine-y.” The Valiants, for example, have the option of attending Outreach counseling. It is a program in which the student visits a counselor about every week. In these sessions, the students have someone to talk to, someone they can trust. The counselors are there to help and to listen.

If they are not comfortable with telling a stranger about their problems, they can always resort to getting help and advice from those in their age group. Whether they believe it or not, having someone just listen to your problems, knowing that someone knows what’s on your mind and why you may be acting that way allows you to give a sigh of relief and comfort.

What they need to do is have some way to release everything. They need a healthy way of letting things go and there are many other solutions aside from the usual “last resorts” they offer out there today. There are many other solutions that help the mind develop, as opposed to those which give you temporary satisfaction and slowly deteriorate your mind.

Teenage depression is inevitable. It cannot be avoided, but it can be changed. Any person has feelings that he or she cannot control. Everyone will be sad at many points in their lives, and instead of looking at the moment as a let-down, it should be looked upon as an opportunity to make things better.

Depression is not a hindrance, it is a situation in which a person is given the opportunity to stay down, or to get back up. The youth can find many sources to make life better. If everything around you is raining on your parade, never hesitate to make your own personal sunshine.

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