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Depression rates rise in American

Morgan Cathey and Timothy Schneider

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October is Depression Awareness Month. On average, 20 percent of teenagers experience depression with suicide being the third-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.

October is Depression Awareness Month. On average, 20 percent of teenagers experience depression with suicide being the third-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Timothy Schneider: I have major depression, so I can speak from experience when I say depression can severely interfere with daily life. A few weeks ago I tried to buy a rice crispy treat from the vending machine at school. However, the treat got stuck in the machine. I then proceeded to go outside and cry in the woods for 15 minutes. Obviously I wasn’t crying over the rice crispy treat but something as simple as that can trigger a breakdown. Dropping my pencil in class, a look I get in the hallway, the way a word looks on a paper. It’s no one’s fault or responsibility to keep me from breaking down but it does make life hard to manage.

Morgan Cathey: I completely agree. Over the years, depression has affected my life many times as well. My mother, and brother both suffer from depression. All the days that I spent alone as a kid as my mother slept for 24 hours make me painfully aware of depression, and this means that Depression Awareness Month is considerably important to me.

TS: That is one of the many reasons that it’s important to notice if a friend or loved one is suffering from depression. You yourself may be experiencing depression.

MC: There are many symptoms such as; changes in sleep patterns, change in appetite, change in energy level, decreased concentration, daily behavioral change, or self-esteem may all be indicators of you or someone you know having depression.

TS: If you or someone you know is suspecting they are depressed, it is encouraged that you go to your doctor as soon as possible. Then, the doctor can give you a proper diagnosis and possibly therapy or medication. However, meds or therapy don’t work for everyone, so go into it open minded.

MC: Recently, it has become more common to associate depression and suicide with jokes even though suicide attempts and actual suicide rates have gone up by 100,000 annually in the past 10 years.

TS: I agree, it’s insane. Once, I saw a video of a man “jokingly” pretending to self harm. As harmless as it may seem, it hit deep, and I self harmed the next day because I couldn’t get it off my mind from the video.

MC: With all the jokes going around, it means it is more important than ever to make sure anyone who has depression, or even another mental illness that is negatively affecting them that they can get help.

TS: I would recommend going to your school counselor if you think your depression is interfering with your school work. You can talk to your counselor when you need to about what’s going on, and for me personally, that helps a lot. So just talk to your loved ones, as simple as it is it could change a life.

MC: When talking to someone with depression it is important for them to know that you are there for them. Letting someone know that you believe in them and love them is immensely important. You never know when someone needs to hear that you support them.

TS: Over the years people talking to me has helped me. It is a sickness and it is incurable. It is incurable it is treatable, so seek treatment if you think it to be necessary. Though it seems improper, talking is a very valid form of treatment.

MC: The moral of the story is to always make sure you are their for your loved ones and to always make sure you are aware of depression.

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Depression rates rise in American