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What are signs of depression in teenagers?

What are signs of depression in teenagers?

Teen depression: Anger, irritability, low school performance, eating too much or too little, acting out behavior, deprecating comments toward oneself. Best. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Could you tell me what are sign of depression in teenagers?

Teen depression: Depression in teenagers may look like a bad child instead of a sad child. Teens may begin smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs. They may stop doing homework and academics may take a nose dive. Arguments with parents and siblings may increase. They may be irritable. A previously compliant teen may now become a defiant one. They may isolate from others. Cont'd. ...Read more

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My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

This would be a : Good time to get some professional assistance. A child psychiatrist, child psychologist or a general psychiatrist/ psychologist that works with teens in their practice - would be a good place to start. Take care. ...Read more

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How does depression affect a teenager's overall health?

How does depression affect a teenager's overall health?

Depression is nothin: to mess with. It is the nervous system's way of turning itself off, which has physical consequences. It is also the psyche's way of dealing with stress, or dealing with too many stimuli or what happens when drugs and/or alcohol are nearby. Brain and body are connected, so when brains are depressed, there are physical signs, too. Go to a GP for the initial look-see... ...Read more

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I have depression or just being a teenager, how can I tell?

I have depression or just being a teenager, how can I tell?

Check with PCP: A variety of screening tools are available to your pcp that can help separate those with mild sad thoughts ; those with treatable depression. Call your pcp ; set up a time to be evaluated. We often feel poorly when we are sick ; may not even realize something is wrong. If no medical issue is present s/he can arrange for further work on the depression. ...Read more

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Is it abnormal for a teenager to take medication for depression?

Is it abnormal for a teenager to take medication for depression?

No: Various antidepressants are approved by the fda to be used in the adolescent popuation. It is not unusual, or inappropriate, for them to be used if the level of depression is significant and if the medication use is being well monitored. ...Read more

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How do I find out where can a teenager with depression go for help?

How do I find out where can a teenager with depression go for help?

Some options.: The best first step is to let your parents or guardian know so that they can help arrange assistance. Other options are seeing your school counselor / therapist. Please go to the nearest er and let an adult know if you are having suicidal thoughts. You can reach out to the school nurse if there is no counselor. ...Read more

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What can you do when you are suffering with depression as a teenager?

What can you do when you are suffering with depression as a teenager?

What to do:: Please let your parents know how you are feeling. They can have a doctor evaluate you, to see if you are experiencing the ups and downs of adolescence or if this is more serious. Most schools have counselors - that is another possible option. If you have thoughts of killing yourself, you need to let your parents know right away and then you will need to get emergency help. ...Read more

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If I am now a teenager who has clinical depression. What are the steps to treating it?

Teen depression: As a teen, be sure to have your parents involved. It is important to be evaluated by a medical professional. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, therapy may be recommended as well as exercise and a healthy diet. Medication is usually recommended for moderate to severe clinical depression or if therapy has not been beneficial. ...Read more

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How long does a teenager need to be unhappy in order for you to be worried about depression?

How long does a teenager need to be unhappy in order for you to be worried about depression?

Two weeks.: Major depressive disorder usually is not formally diagnosed unless symptoms are experienced for the majority of a two-week period. Plus the symptoms cannot be attributed to bereavement, drug use, etc. And must include depressed mood most of each day, wt loss, sleep changes, fatique, poor mental function, suicidal thoughts etc, and not attributable to other issues ie anxiety, adhd, etc... ...Read more

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