Teen Depression and How it Affects Males

Growing up is so hard, and the teen years can be especially difficult. So often I see the difficulties of this time period focusing on girls, but from my own experience as a high school teacher, I know boys have difficulties as well. As a parent of 3 boys, and a teacher, I want to better understand and help teenage boys.

Five Most Important Things I have Learned in my Research:

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*When suffering from depression, adolescent males are more likely to die by suicide than adolescent females, because they use lethal forms to hurt themselves and show fewer signs of suicidal thoughts.
*Ellen McGrath writes in "Psychology Today" that boys tend to act out or appear irritable rather than sad.
*Boys with depression are more difficult to diagnose.
*Depression among teenagers is unacceptably high, and suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons under 24 years of age.
*If an adolescent has a depressive episode, they are 70% more likely to have a repeat episode as an adult.

1-Right by Boys (video)
This is a 5/5 site. If you can only view one element of my Wiki, please watch this. It is powerful and says so much about what boys face. They are beautiful, wonderful human beings, let them live life! The description to this video is powerful as well:
"What's happening to young men and boys? The choice of roles seems limited to nerd or thug, bullied or bullying. By the time they reach their teens, the chances of depression, self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse grow every year. While education and society has now geared itself to helping girls, boys and young men are being left behind with no clear identity.We are losing young boys to a sense of failure that comes from schooling poorly adapted to their needs. We are losing adolescent males to the depression that comes from feeling neither needed nor respected. We are losing young men to life tracks that include neither college nor any other energetic endeavor." From: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKUuYqBcR50

2-How to help your teen with depression (web sites)

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This web site
lists 5 steps a parent can take in helping a teen deal with depression. Statics on the page report that approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from depression before the age of 18. This site also estimates 712,000 youths have attempted suicide while suffering depression, and another 1.8 million have contemplated doing so.

This same organization (Livestrong.com) has another site
dealing with just male teen depression. This guide discusses how teen males may hide their feelings because they feel it is socially unacceptable to express themselves. These sites are a 3/5 as they have lots of good, easy-to-read information.

3-Depressed Teens (audio)

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From Patient Power, I found this audio on teen depression. After years of decline, rates of suicide among the young have risen dramatically over the past 2 years. In this session, Mark Reinecke, MD, an expert on the treatment of depressed children and adolescents, discusses what we know, what we need to know, and what can be done to recognize and help depressed and suicidal teens. Dr. Reinecke says the key is to be a good observer and to notice any loss of age-appropriate interests over time. He does not believe hormonal shifts due to puberty to be a cause of depression. He believes 70% of teenagers have suicidal thoughts. He is also afraid that people are avoiding treatment due to the dangers that medication can have when not monitored correcly. I am giving this a 4/5 (it is 32 minutes long by the way) because the information is very well presented, easy to understand, and comes from an expert.
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4-Depression and Males (PowerPoint)

From SlideShare I found this slide show which lists depression symptoms and the differences between boys and girls. It also touches on biological reasons for depression. I found the transcipt is necessary for understanding the slides. I gave it a 3/5 because I like the information, but it was a little hard to understand without the transcript.
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-Teen Depression Quiz

Parents can take this quiz as a starting point for determining whether or not they think their teen is depressed. This is a 3/5 site not so much because of the quiz, but for the great sies that are also listed on this page.

6-Medication and Risk Factors

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This video from You Tube Daily Health Updates, states that is is important to not just use medication, but to be aware of what is going on in the teen's life to help deal with depression. A young man describes his depression as a physical handicap. It's just a 2/5 site because the speaker is hard to understand, but I do like the young man and what he has to say--especially that depression made him shy.

7-Coping Skills

In this video teens talk about their coping skills including exercise, writing and playing music, and journalizing. It came from a great website called Families for Depression Awareness (http://www.familyaware.org/). It is full of great information for families coping with depression. I am giving this a 4/5 because it is coming from the people who are dealing with depression and it offers realistic, helpful advice.

8-Suicide: A Teacher's Experience (web site)

Since we are teachers, I wanted to include something from a teacher's perspective. This is a 3/5 site. It's personal and helpful, and presents thoughts that a teacher should consider such as knowing the disctrict's policy.

Other sites that I want to reference here: