Depression and anxiety are two sides of the same coin, you will rarely have one without the other. Symptoms of teen depression are often similar to symptoms of anxiety or may go hand-in-hand. Recognizing these symptoms in your teen is vital to begin seeking the treatment and therapy they need to cope with their issues. At Nathan’s waypoint, we are here to help you with that next step.
Symptoms of teen depression can be displayed in a variety of ways. Each teen is unique and may react differently to the stress they are feeling. Some may withdraw from friends and family, while others may have their symptoms manifest in physical ailments. Some of the common signs of teen depression include:
- Frequent bouts of crying or tears
- Loss of interest in their favorite activities
- Lack of energy
- Changes in their sleeping or eating routines
- Irritability or anger
- Unexplained headaches, stomach aches or other pain
- No motivation, trouble concentrating
- Poor school or extracurricular performance
Treatment for Teen Depression
If you have noticed ongoing symptoms of depression in your teen or adolescent, it is important to seek professional help. As a parent, you may want to try to fix the problem yourself; this is understandable, but can cause additional stress and anxiety for you and the entire family. Accessing supportive professional help can prevent the problem from becoming worse. There are a variety of treatment options available to help your teen learn to cope with their feelings of depression. Depending upon the depth of the depression, therapy, counseling, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs or psychiatric hospitalization may be in order.
Choosing the right treatment option for your teen can help you get your family on the road to wellness quicker. That is where Nathan’s Waypoint can help. Instead of heading out into uncharted territory, let us guide you to find the best treatment path for your child’s needs. Contact Nathan's Waypoint today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about our consultation program to help families like yours recover and get the help they need for their depressed teenager.