Poverty And Depression

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Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression.- J.K. Rowling.

How does growing up in poverty affect teens with depression? I chose this specific question because I am one of the teens that have grown up in a poor family. I also have suffered with depression. I think that a lot of that has to do with how I grew up and my back ground. Depression is when you experience a period of low mood. You lack interest in activities, have problems sleeping, and trouble with concentration and lack of energy.

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Teens who do live in poverty are twice as likely to be depressed. If the child is poor their brain activity can be weaker than someone else’s. Poverty plays a big impact on that. There was a poll conducted by the Gallup-Health ways Well being Index. They asked adults over the phone questions. The results that they got showed that 31% of Americans under the census bureaus in 2011 had been diagnosed with depression. All of those people were in poverty.

There was also a study on depression amongst young adults published by Pediatrics. They found that in 12 months teens who had reported depression episode had increased by 37%. A study conducted by the Duke University also connected these two things. It proved that teens with poor households developed over 2 years a high quantity for a depression linked gene. It affects the way the genes are expressed.

Being a teen is not easy and with having financial problems in the family can result in chaos. They are also most likely to try smoking which affects them down the line.

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