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Teen Depression | Is It Challenging Your Child?

Teen Depression Counseling

 

Teen Depression: Is It Challenging Your Child?

 

Teens are a moody and emotional bunch. Some people think that only adults get depressed, but many teenagers also wrestle with depression. This psychological and emotional condition can manifest in them differently than in adults, due to various social and developmental factors challenging today’s teens.

According to figures published by the National Institute of Mental Health, 2.8 million American adolescents experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2014. This population represents 11.4% of children aged 12-17 with some symptoms of depression at any given time. In some cases, teen depression is confused with the adjustment difficulties typically experienced during puberty, making it difficult for parents to spot the symptoms, but depression is more than growth spurts, boredom, or lack of interest in school.

 

Depression Warning Signs in Teens

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) advised parents to seek help if their teenage child has one or more of these red flags of depression:

  • Social isolation and poor communication
  • Difficulty in sustaining relationships
  • Constant sadness with crying spells
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lethargy
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities
  • Crankiness, aggressiveness, or hostility
  • Poor academic performance
  • Significant change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Self-harming or self-destructive behavior
  • Desire to run away from home

 

These can help you tell the difference between normal teenage ups and downs and a more serious emotional health issue. If your child’s reaction to a sad circumstance is extreme and persists for too long, it’s worth your time and effort to seek professional intervention. Your child may be battling depression that is causing significant impairment in his or her day-to-day functioning.

 

Understanding the Causes of Teen Depression

There is no single known cause of teen depression; multiple factors can contribute to the condition. These include differences in the brain, where the levels of hormones and neurotransmitters play an important role in how one feels and behaves. Early traumatic life events may also leave a lasting impression on a child’s brain and contribute to depression.

Other causes of teen depression include academic stress and peer pressure. Research also shows that the condition has a biological component, which means it can be inherited from parents or close relatives with depression. Additionally, if your teen child is regularly exposed to pessimistic patterns of thinking, he or she may feel helpless and may develop depression instead of learning how to overcome challenges.

 

The Distinction between Parental Love and Professional Help

Teen depression goes beyond the normal struggle to confront the curveballs life throws. It is not a condition where you can simply cheer your child up, or something he or she can just “snap out of.” Not even all your parental love can cure teen depression. It is a real medical condition that requires appropriate evaluation and treatment. You can help your child develop the mechanisms to effectively confront it by seeing a professional with experience and training in this area.

 

Getting Help for Your Teen with Depression

Teen depression is a serious condition that can become life-threatening if left untreated. Depending on the situation, treatment is possible with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. Most teenagers will not seek help on their own, so you may have to start the process. Your child may need encouragement and support from adults to follow treatment procedures.

Even if your teen child does not want to get treatment, it is critical to schedule an appointment with a professional. Your child’s depression may need more than what you and your family can give to help pull him or her out of the condition. It takes a qualified medical or clinical practitioner to help your child understand the condition and to provide the tools that can help him or her manage stressful and challenging situations.

The right-fit therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Pinehurst, NC, will offer a safe and caring environment to help your teen child with depression. Professional treatment may be what your child needs to get back on track and restore his or her hope for a bright future. Call now to request an appointment.

 


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, Hoke County, Chatham County

Areas: Pinehurst NC, West End NC, Taylortown NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Jackson Springs NC, Foxfire NC, Candor NC, Norman NC, Ellerbe NC, Rockingham NC

Zip Codes: 27281, 27376, 28315, 28347, 28350, 28373, 28374, 28387, 28388, 28394

Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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