Adolescence Depression Causes

Dr. Reeja Tharu
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 04, 2016
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Adolescence depression may be caused by any of the following factors:

  • Substance abuse
  • Mental disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Other causes

Substance abuse:

Adolescence is the time when young people experiment with cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Often in growing young men and women this experimenting leads to habit formation resulting in substance abuse. Research had shown that it is possible to treat this problem completely without any difficulty. However, studies also show that teenagers lean towards substance abuse due to their inability to deal with certain psychological problems like depression, etc most of the time.

In one of the largest study ever conducted on teenagers, it has been shown that persistent depressive symptoms often remain even after they had been treated for substance abuse.Moreover, this was one of the core reasons for adolescents to turn into drug or alcohol addicts.

Major mental disorders:

Mental disorders in adolescents are much more common than what parents regard it to be. Research says 64% of the adolescents have increased chance of having at least one mental illness, and 15% of them are vulnerable to depressive symptoms.

Some common mental disorders that may generate feelings of depression in young teenagers are major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Post-traumatic stress disorder:

Research says that nearly three-fourth of the adolescents who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder also suffer from major depression.

Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety disorder that may affect people after being exposed to a terrifying event or situation that has been responsible for causing grievous personal harm. Some of such traumatic events may be violent assaults, natural or human being caused disasters, accidents or wars. Turn into drug or alcohol addicts.

Sleep deprivation:

On any school day, teens get up from bed by 6:30 am and go to bed by 10:30 pm, which, can stretch for another one or two hours on days before their examinations. Sleeping less can cause teenagers to experience stress, as adolescents need biologically more sleep than the adults. Apart from sleeplessness making them feel like zombies in the morning, it can also cause drowsiness, fatigue, and poor concentration in schools. Scientists believe that such feelings could affect the emotions of the teenagers and make them more prone to depression.

Other causes:

Teen depression is also related to other causes like hereditary tendencies to have depressive feelings. However major environmental stimulation is required to trigger a depression in teenagers. Adolescents often point out to parental abuse, neglect, rejection and parental conflict for feeling low or depressed.

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i agree with behavioral problems in friendship because i feel it very much..... depression is a serious matter so the earlier that it is diagnosed, the earlier the treatment.

i agree with behavioral problems in friendship because i feel it very much.....
depression is a serious matter so the earlier that it is diagnosed, the earlier the treatment.


parents sometimes think talking to their child would make things better.Well let me tell you this, my dad toke me to therapy because he notice i changed alot.Well it didnt work instead i felt more alone and depressed! It`s sometimes better of to leave them alone. I have been thinking about killing myself because i feel like im useless to people.

parents should check their adolescent child if there is any sign of depression. depression is a serious matter so the earlier that it is diagnosed, the earlier the treatment.

ofcourse, it's a serious thing that should be considered.I suppose this may be the later reflection of child hood, deppression due to certain undigestive experience.

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