The Rise of Child / Adolescent Depression

Carrie Agee
Diana Hardin
English 1010-002
23 July 2019

The Rise of Child/Adolescent Depression/Anxiety

Depression is one of the leading causes in self-injury among our younger generation. Do you know a child or teen who is depressed or shows signs of depression? A study called," National Trends in the Prevalence and Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults" found that "major depression is increasing in young people, particularly among teenagers and girls" (qtd. in "Study"). Every child/teen wants to be happy, but not every child is. Some children may seem different from other children their age. Children and parents may not understand why their child/children are ...

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depressive episodes increased in adolescents from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, a 37 percent increase" ( "Study"). The rise in childhood depression is being caused by obesity, abuse, and/or trauma.
Obesity seems to play a role in depression/anxiety in children. The article "Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Anxiety & Depression in Kids" by Janice Wood states that "Researches at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden found that girls with obesity were 43 percent more likely to develop anxiety/depression compared to their peers who were not obese. Boys with obesity faced a 33 percent increased risk for anxiety/depression compared to their nonobese peers." It is unknown if obesity causes depression or if depression causes obesity. It is clear though that obesity and depression/anxiety go hand in hand and clearly linked together. In addition to obesity there is also abuse.
Abuse, whether physical, mental, and/or sexual, can cause many problems in all ...

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that can occur immediately after the abuse and also over the long term into adulthood. This kind of abuse can disrupt child development. Its adverse effects, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, drug and alcohol problems, can even persist into adulthood.
By having awareness of warning signs in children, early intervention can reduce or even possibly prevent a lifetime of depression/anxiety. Lastly, that brings us to emotional abuse.
Emotional abuse is a big problem because not everyone understands when their words are abuse or not. An article on emotional abuse "Silent Forms of Child Abuse Strongly Tied to Depression" by Justin Karter states:
While a great deal of research ...

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