Teen / Adolescent Depression: It’s Not Just “A Phase”
Do you wonder whether your irritable, moody, unhappy teen / adolescent might actually be depressed? Most teens feel unhappy at times. Then add hormones to the mix. Couple that with other changes happening in a teen’s life and it’s easy to see why their moods swing like a pendulum.
However your teen is probably not going to tell you that they are depressed. They may act out in ways that say they are. But findings show that 1 out of every 8 adolescents teen have depression.
Fortunately, teen depression can be treated as well as the serious problems that come with it.
How do you tell the difference? If your teen’s unhappiness lasts for more than two weeks and he or she displays other symptoms of depression, it may be time to seek help.
Depression is a serious mental illness that can last anywhere from four days to over a year depending on severity. As a result, if depression goes un-diagnosed and untreated it can negatively affect your teens’ ability to function on a daily basis. Even more, issues arising in childhood and adolescence can carry on into adulthood and get worse over time.
Depression increases risk for suicide especially in adolescence.
Teen Adolescent Counseling can help!