Rebuttal- alaska

Depression is often thought to be an easy get over and move on type of deal. People in society see people with depression as attention seekers and that they are just upset and they will get over it in a minute. Depression might be a one-day thing then the next day is great but then it comes back.

For me, I can’t easily get over it. One minute I am fine then the next my mind is telling me all these bad thoughts. I tried talking to one of my friends and she told me to cheer up and she left it at that. She didn’t say anything else. I have sought help and it is hard to own up to it and ask because I felt like people would judge me for it. It was hard to get over all this trauma and my parents saw that I needed help and I saw someone for it. Seeing someone didn’t help me because I am so shy and don’t usually like meeting new people. So, after trying this I became close to my mom and now I go to her whenever I feel it come back up again. My mom helps me so much and I am so thankful for her. My dad is the same way, he helps me no matter what and makes me feel like I’m okay. Parents are great to talk to because they understand and could have gone through the same thing. Some people don’t seek help because either they are scared to be judged and sometimes they don’t know how to ask for help and I understand why it is a scary thing.

In the article “Depression In Teens,” the author gives suggestions to help prevent depression for teens. For example, they can go to therapy or they can take medication that is prescribed to them. If a teen asks for help or say that they are depressed society turns and says they are overreacting. They just are feeling down they will be okay soon. Society shouldn’t turn away and say these things because it makes the teens feel even worse about themselves. If a teen is refused of help or is made fun of for being depressed it can worsen to a point where they can harm themselves. Almost five thousand young people kill themselves each year.

Whenever someone asks for help whether it be a young person or an adult or an elder, we should help. Seeking help isn’t a bad thing and saying that you have a problem isn’t either. Society makes it seem like it is. Society needs to learn to be quiet and keep their opinions to themselves if it can hurt another person. There are many ways to prevent depression from getting out of hand and having anyone of any age kill themselves because they think it’s the only way to solve their problems.

In the article, “Residual symptoms at remission from depression: impact on long-term outcome”, the author states that,
“Patients who remit from depression with residual symptomatology continue to have more depressive symptoms and impaired social functioning long-term and may need more aggressive treatment.”
So, patients that deal with depression and get treated for it, the depression usually comes back. The patients usually need more powerful treatments to help them cope with the powerful depression.

Depression needs to vocalized and recognized that it is there. No one should suffer. No one should kill themselves. People need to know that they is help out there.


Works cited

Depression In Teens.” Mental Health America, 8 Dec. 2016.


5 thoughts on “Rebuttal- alaska”

  1. Your writing in this particular post sounds more personal than in your others, Alaska. As a reader, I am intrigued at the difference and want to know more about the author’s personal experience. As your writing instructor, I want to suggest that you grab the opportunity with both hands and mine your condition for drama. As another human being who cares about your well-being, I have to wonder if you’re using this writing forum to reach out for help. In that regard, I will have a conversation with you in person at our next meeting. I can’t let that cry for help go unheeded.

    As your writing instructor, I would say: So you DO have a thesis! Shame imposed by others (who belittle the real mental illness of depression) causes teens to deny their depression and avoid treatment, which results in too many avoidable suicides.

    If that were in fact your thesis, I’d suggest you acknowledge your own suffering in this semi-public way, still protected by the anonymity of your username, and go right at it with an opening sentence that risks everything but could also do the most good: “I was dying from shame. Like approximately XX million other teens and adolescents suffering from depression, I was too ashamed to seek treatment. I had seen others bullied for expressing their vulnerability. I knew my diagnosis would not be taken seriously by my peers. My own family was in denial. Fortunately I got help before trying to kill myself. Last year, in America, XX thousands of teens were not so lucky.”

    Like that. A thesis. Is it yours?
    I would appreciate your response, please, Alaska.


    1. That means it found only articles that contained BOTH “depression” and “teen suicide,” not just the isolated words “teen” and “suicide,” but the phrase “teen suicide.”

      Of course, suicide isn’t the only statistic you could use as a search criteria (and not all depressed teens attempt or achieve suicide), but suicide is useful statistically because it’s mostly indisputable; it can be counted unlike mood swings or acts of bullying, or other criteria that don’t get reported or that are subjective.


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