It is estimated that approximately four percent of adolescents get seriously depressed every year. Clinical depression is a serious illness that can affect anyone, including adolescents, disturbed thoughts, feelings, behavior and overall health.
Most people with depression can be treated. But most depressed people never get the help they need. When depression is not treated, it can worsen, last longer, and cause many problems. One in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, and depression has been reported. No less than one in 33 children and one in eight teenagers can suffer from depression. That is why it is very important to recognize teen depression, and to be able to respond to it properly.
How to recognize teenage depression?
Since teenage depression is one of the most serious behavioral problems among troubled teens. It is essential that parents recognize it. It is the duty of parents to recognize when a preadolescent or adolescent child is depressed. Since treatment is most effective with early intervention. The more serious consequences of untreated depression may include an increased risk of suicide, which is not so rare. Therefore, any indication that a child has been suffering from depression for six months or more should be treated in the same way as signs of physical illness in a child. Parents should seek help before more serious clues arise.
The typical signs of depression include a feeling of low adolescent most of the time, and being irritable, especially when you are pressured to be more active. If a parent becomes aware of weight loss or weight gain, insomnia or an excessive need for sleep or lack of energy, the condition should be reported to a physician. When a child says things that indicate low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness, and when thoughts of suicide, ideation or threats occur, these may be signs of depression in adolescents.
A noticeable drop in grades, social activities, and interaction with peers, a sudden change in friends, and a low level of frustration are also signs of depression. Lack of interest in a child’s usual activities, whether social, family, academic or extracurricular activities, is also a symptom of depression. If your child exhibits any of these signs that indicate depression, and stays in this state of mind for more than six months, it is time to seek outside therapy.
What is teen depression?
Depression in teenagers is very common, and although everyone feels sad sometimes, we do not know what exactly depression is. This is why we have to keep in mind that it is normal to feel sad. Sometimes, however, people feel sad most of the time, which may indicate that the person is suffering from teenage clinical depression. The key is to have the person look at their life and determine if their feelings of sadness impact the quality of their life. Depression can be treated in a number of ways. Once depression is identified, the individual can take steps to improve things. Unfortunately, most people struggling with depression are never treated for it. Of course, as with any other condition, when left untreated, depression can progressively worsen.
It is important that teens understand their feelings are valid, and they are not alone in their way of feeling. Most important, with the help and the right attention, things certainly much better. If you feel that you are depressed, it is very important to seek help. Because there are people out there willing and able to help you.