Teen Depression

Another name for teen depression is childhood depression. Before some years, depression in children was unknown. But now the fastest rate of increase in depression is among young people also. Thus childhood depression or teen depression is defined as an illness when the feeling of sadness or hopelessness obstructs teen's ability to function. Teen depression is as serious as adult depression.

Teen Depression Most of the times, people permanently self-esteem, which lasts till adulthood, is formed in the teenage years. This is one of the reasons that teenage depression can lead to permanent social and self-esteem problem. There is also a clinical teen depression which is formed by peer pressure, parental pressure, pressure from teachers, pressure from coaches, pressure from boyfriends or girlfriends can all contribute to a whirlwind of stress. Bad grades, failure to be accepted into a University, being broken up with, being ostracized by peers all are the results of teen depression.

Teen Depression Symptoms

  • Performance at school or college is not good
  • Hygiene and appearance is changed
  • Defiant behavior
  • Unusual beliefs
  • Change in weight
  • Requires rest
  • Feeling tired
  • Losing a lot of energy
  • Feeling guilty
  • Avoiding family members
  • Some physical problem likes muscle aches, stomach aces without any medical cause
  • Lack of interest in spending time with familiar or friends
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Less communication with other people
  • Fear of death
  • Increase in anger
  • Neglect of appearance
  • Difficulty to keep good relationship
  • Frequently change in mood

Teen Experiences Following Types of Depression

  • One episode of major depression
  • Some teens suffer from dysthymia
  • Some teens suffer from bipolar depression
  • Some teens suffer from manic depression

Cause of Teen Depression

  • Stress is one main cause
  • Away from parents
  • Loss of loved ones
  • Learning disorder
  • Natural disasters

Parents have to take care about their children when they notice following signs and symptoms.

  • Looking Frequent Sadness, Tearfulness or Crying on Face of Your Child. Most of the time, teens shows their depression by tears. Wearing black dress, writing poetry with morbid themes, or having a preoccupation with music that has nihilistic themes shows teen's sadness.
  • Hopelessness Teens do not like good appearance or hygiene. They may feel that life is not worth living. They think negative.
  • Lack of Interest in Previously Enjoyed Activity Teens may drop out from clubs, sports and other activity they normally used to enjoy. When they are in depression, they seem it is not funny.
  • Low Energy It directly affects on school performance or classes. There is chance of loss of concentration.
  • Poor Communication with Other People In depression, teens avoid friends and family members. They spend most of the time alone and without interest. They feel alone, they do not share their feeling with others thinking that no one is listening to them.
  • Feel Guilty They may have negative views about their self-worth. They think that they are not good enough.
  • Extreme Sensitivity to Failure They believe that they are unworthy. They are depressed more because of this thinking.
  • Increased Anger When teens are in depression, they are irritable and take out most of their anger on their family.
  • Difficult to Maintain Relationship
  • Always Feeling Physical Illness
  • Poor Performance at School
  • Poor Concentration
  • Thinking About Suicide
  • Effects of Depression on Teenagers Change in behavior and attitude of teen is indication of depression.
  • Most of the depressed teens try to commit suicide.
  • Many teens use drug and alcohol as medicine for depression.
  • Teen feel guilty, low self-esteem.
  • Cutting, burning, head banging these types of self injuries are often associated with depression.

Teen Depression Treatment

To get cure from depression, it requires emotional support from family and friends.

Parents Can Do Following Thing to Cure Teen from Depression.

It is difficult for parents to see their children in depression. In depression, it is common for girls to become moody, edgy, and anxious just before and during menstruation, and maybe even longer, if she suffers from hormonal problems.

If Parents Suspect Depression

  • Parents should have to give positive responds with love, kindness and support.
  • Whenever your child wants your need, you should have given time for him.
  • If your child shares some thing with you, don't ask a lot of questions but keep concentration on discussion.
  • Encourage in whatever your child is doing.
  • Praise on his or her activity.
  • Take help from your doctor or your medical health provider.
  • Don't think that symptoms go away on their own. Go to the medical health provider as early as possible.

Some Most Important Things That Parents Can Do

  • When your child talks with you,listen carefully.
  • Listen to their music.
  • Be involved in their activity.
  • Spend as much time as they want.
  • Keep in touch with his or her friends.
  • Do not try to solve their problems, just share their feeling and sadness.
  • Do not try to compare your child with other children.

Parents have to give more concentration on their child at the time of depression. Even parents also take some advice from doctor or medical health provider. Sharing their confusion, sadness, loneliness, shame, and other strong emotions reduce teen depression.

What Type of Treatment is Required for Teenage Depression?

Depression can be treated by therapy and medicine. Even sometimes it can be treated by combination of both therapy and medicine.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Physical exercise
  • Creative expression
  • Volunteer work
  • Medication
  • Hospitalization
  • Special schools, wilderness challenges, or "boot camps"
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