Depressive Disorder Among Adolescents


Adolescents make up the largest age group in the world population (‘Adolescent mental health’, 2019). The major part of the mental health problems among youngsters is left undetected and the professionals do not pay the required attention to it. A depressive disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by the persistent feeling of sadness and can inevitably interfere with the personal life of the subject (Manczak et al., 2019). The malady is often portrayed by irritability, feeling of worthlessness, insomnia, and, sometimes, thoughts of suicide.

Thesis: Depressive disorder in the age between 13 and 24 can negatively affect the individuals’ physical health.

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Neglect for teenage mental health disorders emerges into their extension into severe psychological conditions in adulthood, which limits the opportunity to lead a fulfilling lifestyle. The timely, sophisticated treatment of major depressive disorders can reduce the healthcare system’s burden in the future (Mullen, 2018). To distinguish it, medical professionals can build risk groups and closely monitor their situations. The conditions of frequent moodiness should be carefully examined to identify them from more serious disorders, as young people themselves do not seek assistance because of distrust and shyness (Mullen, 2018). Otherwise, mental illness may worsen significantly and result in more critical consequences for an individual’s body. A major depressive disorder that originated during the adolescent period and emerged into adulthood is the common prerequisite for life dissatisfaction among people above 30 (Manczak et al., 2019).

Depressive mood can adversely bring about eating disorders, which, in the long-term perspective, frequently lead to problems of vital organs of digestive and cardiovascular systems. There is evidence of anorexia and obesity being the consequences of the protracted misery mood, which means that both types of disruption of regular food consumption (Mullen, 2018). It should be taken into account that the contrary is also true when dissatisfaction with personal body appearance leads to depression. Most terminal diseases can be prevented by abiding by healthy lifestyle rules, which is nearly impossible to accomplish if the individual is distracted by the symptoms of mental disorders. Addressing psychological problems can be a panacea for other health factors as well.

One of the symptoms of major depressive disorder, amongst others, is the persistent thought and desire of suicide, which can result in a harmful experience for the subject and surrounding people. Depressed people tend to radiate their mood to the environment bringing more people close to this serious condition, as a result, significantly increases the scope of the problem. Considering the impulsive nature of adolescents, self-assassination is one of the most popular reasons for the dead among the victims of the age from 15 to 19 (‘Adolescent mental health’, 2019). In contrast, the proportion of unsuccessful suicide attempts is more extensive and has an astonishing tendency to ruin the subject’s life satisfaction because of physical health consequences.


Adolescent depression is the reason for the pressing physical health problems, including future disorders in adulthood. Due to the lack of treatment in a timely manner, the condition can continue into a future life, declining the level of satisfaction. In addition to this, it can subsequently deteriorate by spreading widely on other subjects and increasing the abundance of an unhappy population. More seriously, the psychological disease mentioned above often causes consequential behavior resulting in suicide.


Manczak, E. M., Ordaz, S. J., Singh, M. K., Goyer, M. S., & Gotlib, I. H. (2019). Time spent with parents predicts change in depressive symptoms in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychoogy, 47, 1401-1408. Web.

Mullen, S. (2018). Major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. The Mental Health Clinician, 8(6), 275-283. Web.

Adolescent mental health. (2019). World Health Organization. Web.

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