Causes That Trigger Teen Depression

Causes That Trigger Teen Depression

Depression is very real affliction in teenagers that given certain circumstances can affect any teen. These circumstances are known as triggers or things that happen that bring on the depression. These triggers are not the only cause of depression, there is a medical aspect to it. That is an important distinction to remember. According to the Mayo Clinic teen depression is defined as:

“a serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teen thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.”

Here is a list of triggers or causes of teen depression:

  • Family problems can cause teen depression. Divorcing parents, a family member with terminal illness, dysfunctional family problems, etc. are all issues teens are made to deal with every day.
  • Academic stress can trigger teen depression. The need to achieve can overwhelm a teenager in this day and age of higher academic goals. It is understandable because more and more kids are expected to go to college just to hold down a job that used to only require a high school diploma.
  • The teens’ social life can caused depression. If your teen is trying too hard keep up with their friend, they have a hard time making friends or they’re getting bullied, these things can all cause teen depression. This is especially true for teams who do not feel they fit in. This also includes peer pressure, when teams are expected to do things because ‘everyone is doing it’.
  • Teen romance can trigger depression. Who’s dating who? Who likes who? Who’s in love with you? May seem like a big puzzle to you but your teenager’s feelings are tangled up in that puzzle and they could be getting hurt.
  • Traumatic events can cause depression in teenagers. When someone close to them dies or there is a school shooting, teens suffer lasting effects. Whether the teen is able to handle the stress and sadness given some time or not can point to whether or not the teen is suffering from depression.
  • Neglect can also be a cause for teen depression. When a teenager is neglected either physically or emotionally you can cause that teen to become depressive as the teen feels hopeless against the neglect.
  • Low self-esteem can trigger teenage depression. When the team doesn’t believe that they are good at anything or good for anything they may struggle with depression.
  • Separate illnesses can have depression as one of the symptoms. When your teen is sick always pay attention the symptoms of the disease or condition. For instance, thyroid condition list depression as one of its symptoms.
  • Feelings of helplessness can cause teen depression. Think of it this way, if you’re standing on the tracks and a train is coming and you can’t do anything about it, you’re going to feel overwhelming helplessness. Feeling that way for any length of time can cause depression. When your team is unable to change something that is making them feel helpless it can cause them to suffer from teen depression. For example, when their families finances change for the worse, they’re being bullied at school, or they are no longer being accepted by their peer group.
  • Being a girl, believe it or not, can cause depression. Statistics show that girls are more susceptible to teen depression. The reasons vary from hormonal impacts to the way girls handle blame. It is very important for parents of daughters to pay attention to their cycles and their moods, checking to see that they returned to normal when they should.

While there is no way for your teenager to avoid all of the triggers that cause teen depression, you should always be on the lookout for teen depression signs when your teen is dealing with one of these causes. No reason to police them, but do continue to listen to your teen, promote open communication with them and be there for them.


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