While I agree that depression is not a word to be tossed around lightly, you also should not make light of other people's sufferings. People don't have to experience great hardship to feel depressed. Everyone is different and things might get to them that doesn't affect others. Seriously, someone who came from a good family with no financial struggles and did well in school/work can have depression and it's no less serious than someone else who has experienced an awful life.
I agree 100% just because youre not in the same situation as others doesnt make your problems any less signifigant
Nickelodeon doesn't make good cartoons anymore.
Depression shouldn't be taken lightly. Sure, some kids may be looking for attention, but maybe some do have it? It is an illness, and a very serious one at that. Because their reasons may not seem valid to you doesn't mean that their depression isn't valid. I have depression. Sure, my life is better than a lot of people's. That doesn't mean it hurts me any less, and it makes me feel belittled when people tell me I don't know what I'm talking about or to suck it up.
I agree, whether you're faking it or not its still a serious problem. Alot of kids are bullied this day and age, resulting in depression. Thats why so many kids have it. Not to mention the countless cases of mental illness that attribute to depression. And like you said constant loss such as family. I know when i found out i was schizophrenic i was devastated i started to realize why i had been acting so strange and it made me fall into a bad spiral of depression that im still struggling with.
There always have been depressed kids. Depression is very common and adolescence is a tough time as it is. You don't have to have a parent die to suffer from depression. It's a mental illness and when people don't take it seriously just because they don't perceive the victim to be worthy of suffering from depression, then that's just going to make them feel even worse. Depression for whatever reason needs to be taken seriously.
I think you may be undervaluing human emotion.
Earlier and earlier we begin to realize that the world isn't all fairytales. What was a world of wonder becomes a world of darkness and it takes a lot of reprogramming or unlearning to see the world as a place of potential or a place changing for the better. It takes a lot of life lessons to understand that the world isn't fair and that people just aren't nice and until we learn these lessons, we become like the world, dark and desolate.
Fluoride in the water is a depressant. It is everywhere so you don't even have to be on city water to get too much. Combine that with the fact that doctors hand out SSRI's like candy. Parents are probably on them and many children are as well. No one ever need to feel a thing anymore there is a drug for that.
have you seen the "music" they are tortured with this generation?
Well, don't think for one minute that you should naturally get a perfect cross section of feelings from the whole population of teenagers.<br />
Only teens who are in need of support would usually speak out here. So its very understandable that more teens on EP might characterize them self as depressed