According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 13 percent of Americans between 18 and 25 years old suffer from major depression. This common disorder can occur due to an underlying illness or situation — such as a family history of depression, abuse, or neglect — and without treatment can lead to a suicide attempt. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among Americans between 15 and 24 years old, and more young adults think about or attempt suicide than adults aged 30 and older.
While it is normal for people of all ages to experience sadness from time to time, it’s important to recognize when sadness crosses the line beyond normalcy and signifies an underlying trigger. Here are some of the signs of a worsening depressive state and tips on how to promote emotional wellness.