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What is teen depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Lengthy despondency : Appetite and sleep significant change are red flags too little;too much. Withdrawal, tearfulness, obsession with death, suicide, self-mutilation. Way over the top anger, falling & failing grades.Self deprecation. If you are asking, i must recommend a thorough evaluation. This is a critical period;if your arm was decreasing your quality of life, you would not wait. Same here, no more waiting. Ok?
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Teen Depression: Symptoms of Teen Depression: .Sadness. .irritability .Resentment .angry outbursts .Use of Alcohol and Drugs .Fights .Identity confusion .Impulsivity .Family conflicts Teenagers need support,help and Therapy. Teenagers need

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is teen depression?

3 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality.
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How can teen depression be treated?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Same As Adults: Depression in teenagers is mostly treated in the same way as adults. Medications are used if needed, although medication use does require more monitoring due to evidence of slightly higher risk of side effects. Other non-medication therapies can be helpful - with teens it is more common to involved parents and families in treatment since family issues are often part of the picture.

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