"Understanding Teenage Depression"

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Depression in children, teens and young adults is much more than a phase. It's a real situation that can interfere with daily life, lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and go on to influence a person throughout life.

What is depression?

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We all have time when we feel down or depressed. Depression is a feeling of sadness, despair or despair that does not go away. In someone with depression, this feeling can last for weeks or months and interfere with the person's ability to participate in everyday activities. Depression affects mood, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors. It can also cause fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, headaches and insomnia.

People with depression often see the world in a negative light. They can be overly important of themselves, and feel useless and obnoxious. They may feel overwhelmed by the small problems the rest of us take in progress. Feels like giving them. They pull away from people and drop out of activities, but it separates them and makes them feel bad.

Causes of depression

I'm Fine means a lot more

Teens may face many difficulties they're ill-equipped to handle emotionally: divorce, learning disabilities, and abuse and neglect, to name a few. By nature, they feel powerless against these conditions, and the effects may well live with them in adulthood.

Even a teenager who doesn't face any of these challenges can be depressed. Inherited tendencies towards depression can also lead to problems.

Depression moves into families, but everyone with a depressed family member gets depressed. People with no family history of depression can also have depression. In addition to life events and family history, other factors that play a role in causing depression include social environments, medical conditions and negative thought patterns.

For teens, a stressful home environment or neighborhood can cause poverty and violence depression. Other possible triggers for adolescent depression include learning disabilities that make academic success difficult, hormonal changes affect mood, and physical illness. Drug and alcohol abuse can also affect mood and lead to depression, and many teens turn to these substances to potion their feelings.

Symptoms of depression

Symptoms of Teenage Depression

To recognize a depressed teenager, you need to know the symptoms.

These are warning signs of depression:

· To feel deep sadness or disappointment.

· Lack of energy.

· The joy or loss of interest in activities that once excited teens.

· Anxiety and nervousness.

· Upheaval, anxiety and irritability. The teen may be lashing out angrily because of the anxiety or distress he or she felt.

· Difficulty in organizing, concentrating or remembering.

· Negative thoughts of life and the world.

· Looks useless and guilty. Teens can look stupid, ugly or bad.

· Drastic changes in appetite or weight.

· Sleeping and sleeping or sleeping too much difficulty.

· Recession. A depressed teenager often talks, reacts, and moves more slowly than other teenagers.

· Avoiding and withdrawing from friends and family.

· Discomfort. Discomfort brought about by depression can be a restless or acting behavior in the classroom.

· Self-mutilation and suicidal thoughts.

Getting help

Depression is one of all mental health problems. The good news is that it is also one of the most treated conditions. Depression and young people with their families and friends often don't know how to spot the problem or where to seek help.

Seek professional help if you suspect your teen suffers from depression, and chooses a doctor who specializes in treating adolescents. Find a different counselor if one you visit doesn't seem to make your son or daughter feel comfortable sick or understand the needs of your teenagers.

A physician who is very formal or cannot establish good rapport with children will make his child more apprehensive. If possible, get a recommendation from your health care provider, a school counselor, or friend.

Depending on the severity of your teen's depression and its causes, therapists can either suggest talk therapy, medication, or both.

Usually, the combination of the two will get the best results. An antidepressant helps to correct chemical imbalances within the brain, so the child starts to feel better. But negative thought patterns that lead to depression can still remain, and therapy will help change these patterns, so the child can better cope with the stress in life that contributes to depression.

Talking about suicide does not increase the likelihood of effort, it can actually open the door to professional help. If 100 patients are given antidepressants, two or three will develop suicidal thoughts. Adolescents who start antidepressants should be closely monitored for any suicidal thoughts or behaviors, especially in the early weeks of treatment.



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