Adolescent depression is nothing unusual in fact, it is increasing at alarming rate.
Depression is a serious illness and it should be addressed accordingly; if not treated it can lead to dysfunctional life and even suicide.
Good news is that when treated about 90% of patients get better or cured.
Causes of Teen Depression:
Teens, adolescents are exposed to more and more pressure in every aspect of their lives. Therefore they are getting more frequently depressed. For example people in magazines and on television are usually beautiful and have unrealistically perfect skin.
Any teenager with a pimple or acne is quite unhappy with a fact that they have a red "ugly" pimple on their forehead. However, when that same teenager sees all those polished, flawless people with perfect skin on television she/he is getting even more upset and the pressure is building up. There are numerous examples like this but the outcome is the same-more pressure!
Another important reason why adolescent depression is increasing is misunderstanding of parents and surroundings. Parents usually do not know how to react and cope with teen depression.
Parents should not be blamed for this because nobody thought them how to deal with teen depression. The good news is that parents can do a lot to help their depressed adolescent. Finally, trauma, abuse in childhood, abuse in school, alienation and many other things alike can cause adolescent depression.
Symptoms of Teenage Depression
Important thing for parents is to know how to recognize depression in their children. There is a list of symptoms below.
• Problem with sleeping.
• Underachievement in school.
• Unsocial behavior
• Drug or alcohol abuse
• Eating problems
• Repetitive talking about suicide
• Abusive behavior
• Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
• Low self-esteem
Note: in order to suspect that your teenager is depressed he/she must have more than four symptoms for longer than 2 weeks; if they do than you should take them to physician, counselor or some other professional because only a trained professional can diagnose and treat depression.
Treatment for Teen Depression
Medications are used to relieve some symptoms; however a very successful treatment is possible without any medications. There are many therapies that are very successful in treating depression. Some of them are: psychoanalytical oriented therapies, interpersonal therapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy and other.
In some cases with severe depression medications are needed but important thing to know, as a parent is that antidepressants are overused and can have unwanted consequences especially if not taken properly. So it is good to ask many questions and be couches when it comes to antidepressants.
Teen depression as well as depression in general some experts call a number one illness of a modern age. This means that this life style is nourishing and causing more and more people, young and old to get depressed. Of course it is very difficult to change life style however sometimes that’s exactly what needs to be done.
Educate yourself as much as you can about teen depression, learn how to deal and cope with it and continue doing the things you are doing best- loving and caring for your children.