Teen depression causes a variety of serious problems and can affect any teen at any time no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they live. Any teen male or female can be depressed.
Teens of every race, gender, ethnic heritage, and religion can be depressed. Even teens that come from rich, famous, or successful families can go through severe depression that can lead to a teen suicide.
Teen depression strikes one in five children. This is a very frightening number. Depression is anything but a good thing. It happens to anyone, in any lifestyle, in any income range. Most of the time, it will not be observed until it becomes a large problem.
This should be the most serious issue of all news about this epidemic. Yet, one thing that is hopeful about teen depression is that more and more individuals are learning about it and in this area of health, knowledge is power.
Causes Of Teen Depression
Teen Depression can be a transient response to many situations and stresses. In adolescents, depressed mood is common because of the normal maturation procedure; the stress associated with it, the influence of sex hormones, and independence conflicts with parents.
It may also be a reaction to a disturbing event, such as the death of a friend or relative, failure at school, or a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Adolescents, who have low self-esteem, are highly self-critical, and who feel little sense of control over negative events are particularly at risk to become depressed when they experience stressful events.
Symptoms Of Teen Depression
- Sudden changes in their mood, appetite or weight can be indications of depression.
- A loss of interest in doing the things that they used to love.
- Frequent sadness
- Crying, often for no reason
- Refusal to eat or over-eating
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Talk of death or suicide
- Obsession with death and suicide
Teen Depression And Suicide
The majority of suicide attempts and suicide deaths happen among teens with depression. It’s not hard to see why serious depression and suicide are connected.
Serious depression (with both major depression and bipolar illness) involves a long-lasting sad mood that doesn’t let up, and a loss of pleasure in things you once enjoyed.
It also involves thoughts about death, negative thoughts about oneself, a sense of worthlessness, a sense of hopelessness that things could get better, low energy, and noticeable changes in appetite or sleep.
Teen Depression Treatment
There are many options and resources available to parents, guardians and significant others involved in the teenagers life, medical community, support help lines, resource centers, therapeutic boarding schools or treatment centers that have had success in treatment.
There are also numerous effectual ways of providing and facilitating help with teen depression:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps teens change negative patterns of thinking and behaving.
- Medication relieves some symptoms of depression and is often prescribed along with therapy.
- Psychotherapy providing teens an opportunity to explore events and feelings that are painful or troubling to them and it also teaches them coping skills.
- Interpersonal therapy focuses on how to develop healthier relationships at home and at school.