Given the twists and turns of life, there’s a good chance that each of us will deal with depression to some degree. Yet, when a teen’s feelings of hopelessness and despair take over, interrupting their daily activities and relationships, providing support for them is critical. After all, depressed individuals may not realize that their feelings are, in fact, depression. Thus, if you are concerned about a teenage friend or loved one, and you’re wondering what teenage depression looks like, continue reading below.
Classifying depression is tricky at best, as it varies from person to person. Even so, The Mayo Clinic lists the following symptoms as related to depression:
- Sadness, tearfulness, emptiness, hopelessness
- Irritability, frustration, angry outbursts over trivial matters
- Loss of interest in many or all activities (sports, hobbies, social clubs)
- Sleeping too much or not at all (insomnia)
- Overall lack of energy, tiredness
- Changes in appetite, resulting in weight loss or weight gain
- Slowed thinking and speaking
- Fixating on past failures/losses
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or shame
- Unable to focus, concentrate, or make decisions (school grades may fail)
- Mentioning death (including talking about suicide or attempting suicide)
- Physical manifestations (aches and pains, headaches)
As mentioned, depressed individuals are not always able to discern that they are depressed. Unfortunately, this way of thinking can make their depression worse, as they begin feeling embarrassed and ashamed of their feelings, behaviors, or lack of motivation. Some may even criticize themselves for not being able to overcome feelings of sadness.
The truth is—depression is a medical condition that typically will not go away without treatment (medication, behavioral therapy and/or mental health counseling). In turn, a healthy, supportive approach can empower individuals, especially teens, to take the first step towards getting better.
At Nathan’s Waypoint in Roswell, Carolyn Guthrie Lambert helps families with depressed teens discover a path to wellness. Through her own personal journey, Ms. Lambert understands that dealing with depression can be scary, often leading families into uncharted territory. That’s why she invites you to call today. In a one-hour free consultation, you can learn more about the consultation programs at Nathan’s Waypoint, and begin to get the help your family needs.
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