Teenage Depression

At 19-years-old, Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid.

He was the high school basketball team captain, at every party, funny and confident. In May 2013, he tells the story of the night he almost took his own life and how he realized that, to save his own life, he needed to say four simple words.

Writer, comic and mental health activist Kevin Breel speaks up about depression, which is a very common part of life.
Depression has a significant impact on adolescent development and well being. When teenagers experience a major depression, it can have an extremely negative impact on their school and work performance, impair peer and family relationships, and increase the severity of other health conditions, like obesity or asthma.

Teens with emotional or behavioral difficulties may have difficulty managing their emotions, focusing on tasks, or controlling their actions or behavior. If these problems persist throughout their early development, it can lead to lifelong problems. That’s why it is important to take action to find help. Teenagers do not need to deal with this on their own. Parents and adult family members can play a crucial role by sharing their child’s emotional and behavioral difficulties with mental health professionals and by ensuring that they receive the mental health services necessary to help them regain a positive perspective and control over their own life.

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2013 Government Statistics on Adolescent Depression

Depression in Young Adults &#8212: 2010 Child Trends Databank
Young adulthood is a time of great change for many people, often associated with greater risks of mental health problems and higher levels of social stress. Many causes attribute to these risks, including: unemployment, unrewarding job environments (entry-level jobs that only use minimal skills, low autonomy and low cognitive demands), new financial burdens (as they move out on their own), career demands, poor adjustments to married life and the birth of children.

Treatment for Major Depression — Jan 2010
Overall, only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression each year receive treatment, and less than one fifth receive treatment consistent with current medical practice guidelines. These findings were reported by 3 nationally representative surveys* supported by NIMH.