Depression of teenage: Symptoms and treatment

Depression in teenage

Depression in teenage

Depression in teenage: Symptoms and Treatment

Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and occasional melancholy. Depression is a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Left untreated, teen depression can lead to problems a home and school, drug abuse, self-loathing and even irreversible tragedy such as homicidal violence or suicide.

Signs and symptoms of depression in teens

Sadness or hopelessness

Irritability, anger or hostility

Tearfulness or frequent crying

Withdrawal from friends and family

Loss of interest in activities

Changes in eating and sleeping habits

Restlessness and agitation

Feelings of worthlessness and guilt

Lack of enthusiasm and motivation

Fatigue or lack of energy

Difficulty concentrating

Thoughts of death and suicide

Difference between teenage and adult depression

Depression in teens can look very different from depression in adults. The following symptoms of depression are more common in teenagers than in their adult counterparts:

  • Irritable and angry mood
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism
  • Withdrawing from some, but not all people

Effects of teen depression

The negative effects of teenage depression go far beyond a melancholy mood. Untreated depression can lead to:

  • Problems at school
  • Running away
  • Substance abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Internet addiction
  • Self-injury
  • Reckless behavior
  • Violence
  • Suicide

Suicide warning signs in teenagers

  • Talking or joking about committing suicide.
  • Saying things like “I’d be better off dead”, “I wish I could disappear forever”, or “There’s no way out”. Speaking positively about death or romanticizing dying (“If I died, people might love me more”).
  • Writing stories and poems about death, dying, or suicide.
  • Engaging in reckless behavior or having a lot of accidents resulting in injury.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family as if for good.
  • Seeking out weapons, pills, or other ways to kill themselves.

If you suspect these teenage you know is suicidal, take immediate action!

Treatment

Consult well qualified psychiatrist immediately. At early stage most teenage problems can be managed with counseling only. But if disease has already progressed, low dose of medicine and counseling both are required for early recovery.

Tips for talking to a depressed teen

  • Offer support
  • Be gentle but persistent
  • Listen without lecturing
  • Validate feelings

Tips for supporting a depressed teen

  • Be understanding
  • Encourage physical activity
  • Encourage social activity
  • Stay involved in treatment
  • Learn about depression

Taking care of the whole family

While helping you depressed child should be a top priority, it is important to keep your whole family strong and healthy during this difficult time.

Take care of yourself, Reach out for support, Be open with the family

Remember the siblings – Depression in one child can cause stress or anxiety in other family members, so make sure ‘healthy’ children are not ignored.

Avoid the blame game – It can be easy to blame yourself or other family members for your teen’s depression, but only adds to an already stressful situation. Furthermore, depression is normally cause by a number of factors, so it is unlikely (except in the case of abuse of neglect) that any loved one is ‘responsible’

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