and less hopeful than a generation ago. Drawing her blanket around her like a cocoon, the fourteen-year old quietly stares at the floor. Depression: Questions you have Answers you need. Their sexual awakening comes in the age of aids, when sex can kill. They dont realize that they can survive a crisis and perhaps even learn from. Its hard to detect depression in teens because its a developmental stage characterized by considerable anger and withdrawal. This illusion of unconditional love, coupled with a lack of insight into the unrelenting demands that the complete dependence of an infant brings leads a number of girls to seek pregnancy. It has been called the common cold of mental illness and, like the cold, its difficult to quantify. Depression: Way Beyond the Blues.
Depression is a growing problem amongst todays teenagers. The body expresses feelings and conflicts that the teenager is unable to verbalize. Depression, however, is considered a medical disorder and can affect thoughts, feelings, physical health, and behaviors. 1995: 155-157 Stern, Loraine. (McCoy 66-67) 52f, dowling, Colette. According to a study done by National Institute of Mental Health, half of all. Even more startling are the individual stories behind these statistics because the young people involved come from all communities, all economic levels, all home situations-anyones family. (McCoy 46-48) Gender differences are becoming apparent, with girls having more difficulty with depression. (McCoy 21) Approximately 3,000 teenage girls in the United States will get pregnant today. If we were talking about mononucleosis or meningitis wed call this an epidemic. By the time they leave high school, some 90 of seniors are no longer virgins. They often feel things are hopeless and that their parents would never understand.