Depression in Adolescents & Young Adults
Depression in teens is a mood disorder that affects many aspects of a person’s life. The disorder can manifest as symptoms of persistent sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest, as well as a lack of energy. Because everyone can experience these at times, symptoms must be consistent for a two-week period to be diagnosed with depression in adolescence.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the most common form of clinical depression is major depressive disorder. Though depression can be multi-faceted and have a number of causes, episodes are often due to trauma and hormonal shifts.
What is Depression?
Depression is far more than just feeling sad. Because of its influence on a person’s mindset, feelings, and functioning, it can impair their daily life. Feelings of despair may result in broken relationships and an increased risk of suicide.
Depression in Teens is Treatable
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, depression treatment starts at home. Because of this, you should support your teen when they present symptoms of depression by listening instead of offering advice. This may encourage a willingness to share. Create a structured environment with schedules that include enough time for sleep. Encourage activity and healthy eating. Most importantly, be aware of the symptoms of depression getting worse and have a plan to address them.
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