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Depression prevalent among teens

Michael Berman
Teen depression is a serious issue that many students deal with.

Although depression is often confused as just sadness, it is more than that. Depression is a disease, due to hormones, genetics and problems in the brain. It is not something anyone suffering from depression can control. This is a vital truth that is not realized by many students that suffer from the disease of depression. An issue that is shied away from on campus is the prevalence of teen depression.

Depression is a disease, that is very prevalent among teens. According to, as many as one in eight teens may suffer from depression . That means that in a school of 1104 students, as many as one hundred and thirty eight students may be suffering.

Although it may not be easy to diagnose, there are some symptoms that can stand out.

“One of the best ways to tell is weight loss, or gain, and students whose grades drop,” counselor Lissa Testa said.  “It would be easy for parents and for friends, too, to see if someone is suffering.”

There are many other observable symptoms. According to the, these include trouble thinking, concentration, making decisions, and remembering things, agitation or restlessness, irritability or frustration, even over small matters.

Many students tried to call attention to depression and self-harm among teens with the  recent Semicolon Project which saw students drawing a semicolon on their wrist.

“It’s trying to show to people that are depressed that it’s okay, and there are people here for them,” sophomore Olivia Ditmer said.

However, talking about it is the most helpful thing somebody can do if a peer is suffering from depression.

“If you think a friend is suffering from depression, get help,” Testa said.  “It’s very important that you reach out to an adult who can do something about it.”


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Michelle Stoddart, Managing Editor
Michelle is a junior who is deeply involved in activities both in the school and out of the school. As Captain of Extemporaneous speaking for the Debate team, player for both her Sting soccer team and the Lady leopards, member of the Key Club and (clearly) a reporter for The Red Ledger; she stays quite busy. Michelle has moved schools more times than she can count (apparently, she cannot count to three) and traveled all across the globe, from gazillions of domestic road trips to a month spent in Europe. Her interests include Netflix, Chick-Fil-A and cancelling plans in order to avoid pants. She’s an avid Arctic Monkeys fan and would give her left arm to see them in concert. Despite her hectic schedule, and always manages to find time for hanging out with friends.
Michael Berman, Photo Editor
  Michael Berman’s interest in photography began at the age of eight, shortly after his family moved to Fairview, Texas from his birthplace of Reading, England. He quickly progressed from a point-and-shoot camera to his first Nikon DSLR at the age of 10. Michael attended Sloan Creek Middle School where he contributed to the award winning Rosette yearbook.  In 2010 Michael won 4th place overall in the Middle School category of the Jostens’ National Yearbook Photo Contest. More recently, Michael placed 3rd in Sports Action photography in the National  Scholastic Press Association’s Best of Show competition at the 2012 Fall Convention. Since joining the Lovejoy High School Red Ledger as a Freshman, Michael has shot a wide variety of subjects but is best known for his captivating sports photography. When he’s not shooting, Michael enjoys discovering and listening to new music. His musical taste runs the gamut of styles, from Jazz and Classic Rock to Alternative and Hip Hop. He also enjoys running, soccer, skiing and spending time outdoors with his dog Zoe. In January 2013, Michael will travel to Costa Rica with Friends of Nosara, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to the region’s public schools and the Escuelita de Nosara, a day camp for 200 local children.

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