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What you need to know about teenage depression

April 16, 2008
Roma* says she has been depressed since the time she was denied entry into an engineering college by her parents.

She has been on medication for the last 15 years. "I showed signs of depression as soon as I took to pursuing my normal (science bachelors) education. I could have got into engineering, but my parents said a girl cannot be an engineer," she says.

Roma has not forgiven her parents. May be that is the reason her depression has never really been cured. "I realised I needed help when I just started looking at everything very negatively. I even attempted suicide...that's when I knew I had to get help," she adds.

Dr Harish Shetty, well-known psychiatrist says, "Normally depression is episodic. You give the person medication during the episode and things should be fine."

Roma's reason is just one of the scores of reasons why teenagers in the country today are taking recourse to suicide. Pressures on teenagers today are at an all-time high. It's no wonder then that depression among teens is a growing reality. This is the group between 13-20 years of age and they need help.

Text: Shilpa Shet
Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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