Teen depression is a treatable illness
but teen depression is often characterized as typical
teenage behavior and may be overlooked. Teen depression
is diagnosed when feelings of sadness or anger continue
to disrupt the teenagers ability to function. According
to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
about 5 percent of adolescents suffer from teen depression.
The symptoms and signs of teen depression can be different
than adult depression so a review of these symptoms
follows below. If you have a loved one who may be suffering
from teen depression, National Referral can direct you
to the help you need. Teen depression is treatable and
the earlier it is dealt with the more effective the
Teen depression is exemplified by major
changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns, feelings
of hopelessness or crying and decreased interest in
previously enjoyed hobbies and activities. Persistent
boredom and low energy is often attributed to teenagers
but if it results in social isolation and poor communication
skills it may be a sign of teen depression. Attitudes
of guilt and shame, poor self esteem and over sensitivity
to rejection or failure are other signs of teen depression.
If your child misses school frequently
due to reoccurring physical problems such as headaches
or stomach aches, it could be a warning sign of teen
depression. Extreme symptoms include running away from
home, self destructive behavior or suicide threats and
attempts. Depressed teenagers have a higher risk of
committing suicide. It is important not to delay in
seeking treatment for teen depression.
National Referral can help identify a
facility that will address the biological and psychological
factors involved in teen depression. This is a real
disease with real symptoms and fortunately a real treatment.
Our professionally trained staff can answer questions
you have about teen depression and put you in touch
with licensed therapists, counselors and doctors who
specialize in teen depression.
There are several options for treatment
including medications to correct chemical imbalances
in the brain and psychotherapy to identify behavioral
and thought patterns. Often the most effective treatments
involve a combination of both.
National Referral encourages you to give
us a call if you need help with teen depression. Our
decade long track record of helping clients find the
help they need for teen depression is first rate. Best
of all the call is free and confidential and there is
no obligation at all. So what are you waiting for? The
problem is not going to get better on it's own. Give
us a call today.