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Depression Among Youth
  • Ishani Vashishta
Ishani Vashishta
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Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It may be described as feelings of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities. The symptoms of depression can be experienced differently among men, women, and children differently. Men may experience symptoms: mood, such as anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness, behavior, such as loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, drinking excessively, using drugs, engaging in high-risk activities Women may experience symptoms: emotional well-being, such as feeling sad or empty, anxious or hopelessness, behavior, such as loss of interest in activities, withdrawing from social engagements, thoughts of suicide and irritability, cognitive abilities, such as thinking or talking more slowly. Children may experience symptoms: emotional well-being, such as feelings of incompetence (e.g. “I can’t do anything right”) or despair, crying, intense sadness, behavior, such as getting into trouble at school or refusing to go to school, avoiding friends or siblings, thoughts of death or suicide, cognitive abilities, such as difficulty concentrating, decline in school performance, changes in grades.