What teenager is not moody? The high school years can be intense, with intense feelings of anxiety and bouts of the blues. Clinical depression in teenagers, however, crosses the boundary line from ordinary bouts of sadness. In many cases, effective treatment for depression can help. Ignored, depression can have major consequences and can even be life threatening.
How to recognize symptoms of depression
Your child or young adult crossed the line from “just the blues” to an episode of clinical depression when he or she experiences at least two weeks of low mood. Symptoms that you can recognize include low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, and problems with sleep, energy and concentration.
If you suspect that your child is suffering, or has suffered from a major depressive episode, reach out for help.
How common is depression in teenagers?
If you suspect that your teenager or young adult is facing depression, you are not alone. A recent study found that 11.5% of adolescents (12 to 17) experienced at least one episode of clinical depression in the previous twelve months. 9.6% of young adults (18 to 25) experienced an episode in the previous twelve months. You can read the full study online in the journal Pediatrics.
Can therapy help your child or young adult recover from depression?
A large body of evidence has shown that therapy can be highly beneficial for depression. In therapy, many clients are able to make meaningful changes. Your child or young adult can develop practical skills and techniques to manage their emotions. Therapy can help your child reach his or her potential and experience tangible relief from depression.
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