The soon-to-be posted current issue of Switched-On is depression (have you checked it out yet?).  Everyone has experienced depression one time or…

The soon-to-be posted current issue of Switched-On is depression (have you checked it out yet?).  Everyone has experienced depression one time or another. It can range from being upset about something to being completely consumed by sadness. The most common form of depression is when we get upset about something, but eventually we adjust and sort of learn to roll with the punches. Depression at its worst is a sense of feeling overwhelmed with no end in sight.   As teenagers, we are the most likely to suffer depression more often than not because of the number of changes we go through at this period of our lives. The sometimes jarring transition from child to adult can leave many of us facing new problems, experiences, and situations that we have never faced and are then force to tackle head on. During this transitional period, we change physically, emotionally, and mentally and these changes can often lead to problems with others/ourselves thus making us depressed.   I think that the root of teenage depression is the basic lack of control we feel over everything going on around and within us because the rapid fire of change doesn’t slow down for us to handle everything at our own pace so something we try to hide. The problem with hiding and closing ourselves up is that once we are mentally secluded those pesky problems and worries creep up, leaving you surrounded by the echoes of your lack of control leading to depression. Has anyone else ever felt overwhelmed by all the changes?   – Ruben

 

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