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What Can You Argue About Teen Depression
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. ...Read more
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
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 ; stop participating in activities >>. ...Read more
Teen depression: Teen depression can occur as a result of genetics, long standing pessimism, trauma, self-esteem difficulties and an overall negative view of self, the world and the future.cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness may help improve / resolve these difficulties. Assistance from family is also very important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depression likely: Adolescent depression is more common than many parents believe. Some worrisome signs of possible depression include becoming withdrawn, loosing interest in things he/she used to enjoy, sleeping more than usual, feeling worthless or hopeless and having trouble concentrating. Teens may start eating a lot more or a lot less than usual, or become very anxious. Pediatricians can help evaluate. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
See someone: You are not alone....Talking it out with someone you trust will help. I like joyce meyer's book battlefield of the mind for teens too. Lots of good advice! good luck! ...Read more
Online resource: Here is a good link which providesa good overview of teen depression, the signs and symptoms as well as treatment options: http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/depression_teen.Htm. Understanding what to look for is the first step, if you think your teen may be depressed they should be evaluated by a mental health professional. ...Read more
Varies: Suicide is 3rd leading cause of death in teens look for depression. More frequently irritable, sad. Lost interest in previous pleasures. Change in sleep pattern. Chang in eating. Letting go of friendships, texting, phone calls. New frequent physical aches and pains. Alteration in school success. Possible substance use. Talk of death or new silences. What do your instincts tell you? Ask. Be open. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Listen : Establishing a relationship and listening helps. Many teens feel misunderstood and attacked, so patience and understanding are keen. For an article we did a while back see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/identifyingchildhoodadolescentdepression.Asp. ...Read more
Teenage depression: A bigger concern is thar teenagers self medicate depression via use of marihuana and this is rising. Cannabis is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs, and despite the widely held belief that it is a safe drug, its long-term use has potentially harmful consequences including the development of psychosis. The use of alcohol and drugs is highly correlated with mood disorders in teenagers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sxs: 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 & stop participating in activities. That >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/health4.asp http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/statistics/1mdd_child.Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more
High incidence: Teens incidence of medical depression (not just sadness or moodiness of teenage) can be as high as 20 %. See national institutes of mental health article on the prevalence of depression in adolescents <http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8436689" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">
And why it matters: Suicide is 3rd leading cause of death in teens look for depression. More frequently irritable, sad. Lost interest in previous pleasures. Change in sleep pattern. Chang in eating. Letting go of friendships, texting, phone calls. New frequent physical aches and pains. Alteration in school success. Possible substance use. Talk of death or new silences. What do your instincts tell you? Ask. Be open. ...Read more
Normal emotions: Feeling moody after a breakup (if only that) is a normal emotional response to the ending of a relationship. Major depression is at least two weeks of feeling depressed with any four of the following: having poor sleep or over sleeping, poor concentration, low energy, feelings of excessive guilt or worthlessness, not being able to enjoy anything, having suicidal thoughts, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Teen depression: First medical causes of depression should be ruled out, such as hypothyroidism. This can be done by a simple blood test. They should have a mental health evaluation by a psychiatrist. This involves just answering a lot of questions. The psychiatrist should also speak with the parent regarding their concerns and possible treatment options. ...Read more
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