Answer Key: Teen Depression

Lesson Plan: Teen Depression: A Hidden Agenda

II. While Reading Tasks



  1. depression |diˈpreSHən| noun-severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.  [Ans. b-unhappiness]
  2. Prozac  |ˈprōˌzak|  noun-  a synthetic compound that inhibits the uptake of serotonin in the brain and is taken to treat depression.[Ans. a-medicine]
  3. glimpse  |glimps| noun a momentary or partial view: she caught a glimpse of the ocean | a glimpse into the world of the wealthy. [Ans. c-a partial view]
  4. risk |risk| noun- a situation involving exposure to danger: flouting the law was too much of a risk | all outdoor activities carry an element of risk. [Ans. b-danger]
  5. adolescents |ˌadlˈesənt|  noun- a young boy or girl (in the process of developing from a child into an adult.) [Ans. a-young persons]
  6. impersonal |imˈpərsənl| adjective-not influenced by, showing, or involving personal feelings: the impersonal march of progress. [Ans.b-unemotional]
  7. stigma |ˈstigmə| ( pl. stigmas or esp. in sense 2 stigmata |stigˈmätə, ˈstigmətə| ) noun- a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person: the stigma of mental disorder | to be a nonreader carries a social stigma. [Ans. c-disgrace]
  8. anonymity   ˌ/anəˈnimitē/ noun-the condition of being anonymous. most people who agreed to talk requested anonymity. [Ans. b-unknown]
  9. pseudonyms |ˈso͞odn-im|  noun a fictitious name, esp. one used by an author. [Ans.b-false name]
  10. perspective |pərˈspektiv| noun- particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view: most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective. [Ans. a-point of view]

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


  1. Most of our closest friends didn’t know that we struggled with depression. [Ans. c-struggled]
  2. In the United States, for people between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. [Ans.a-people]
  3. As editors at our high school newspaper, we decided to fight against the stigma. [Ans.c-fight]
  4. We took a risk sharing our experiences with depression. [Ans. c-depression]
  5. We knew that discussing mental health in this way would be edgy. [Ans. a-edgy]
  6. Our school has a very tolerant atmosphere. [Ans. c-tolerant]
  7. The feeling of being alone is closely linked to depression. [Ans.b-linked]
  8. Depression does not indicate mental weakness. [Ans.a-indicate]
  9. It is a disorder, often a flaw of biology, not one of character. [Ans. b-flaw]
  10. By interviewing these teenagers for our newspaper, we tried to start small in the fight against stigma. [Ans. a- small] 

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I. 2- taken

II. 1-took

III. 1-found

IV. Listening Activity   

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. T- According to professor Sapolsky,  depression is crippling and pervasive.
  2. F- Professor Sapolsky stated that  it is the worst disease you can get.
  3. NA-Depression is more evident among the poor.
  4. F- It is a common disease.
  5. T- Professor Sapolsky  stated that about 15%  of  the people in the room (in the video) will have a major depression at some point.
  6. F- According to statistics depression is world wide.
  7. T-World health organizations state that depression is the number 4 cause of disability.
  8. F- The two sciences related to depression are biology and psychology.
  9. T- The three types of depression mentioned by professor Sapolsky  were every day depression, a reactive depression, and  a major depression.
  10. NA-One cure for depression is taking a trip.