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Teenage Depression by Mind Map: Teenage Depression
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Teenage Depression

Purpose of Controlling Statement:  In this paper, I am going to identify the possible causes and symptoms for teenage depression, as well as discuss treatments that could help its patients deal with such a disease. Thesis: There are many warning signs that can be taken into consideration to help identify this sickness in its early stages:  namely, the passing-down of depression from parent to child and the continued duration of stressful situations.

Treatments

antidepressants

Nardil

Prozac

Wellbutrin

professional counseling

family therapy

interpersonal therapy

cognitive-behavioral therapy

home remedies

regular exercise

healthy, balanced diet

regular sleeping patterns

avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs

Symptoms

fatigue/decreased energy

persistent "empty" feelings

guilt

helplessness

worthlessness

thoughts of suicide

loss of interest in activities/hobbies

Exams/Tests

interviews

depression screenings

mental health assessment

Causes

Depression is defined as an imbalance of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that send messages between nerve cells in the brain.  Experts have not yet determined a concrete reason as to why these chemicals become imbalanced, but believe such a change may occur due to stress or illness.

genetics

stress, social problems, and/or unresolved family conflict

long-term/serious medical conditions, learning problems, and/or behavioral problems

Risk Factors

being physically/sexually abused

having a family member or close friend die

having a parent/immediate family member who is depressed

The risk for depression is 3 times more likely if this is the case.