Recognizing and Treating Depression in Teens
posted by Brandon Hall, MD | February 16, 2018
Teens are exposed to constant stress, including stress from peer pressure, school expectations and puberty. As a result of this stress, teens can develop depression, which affects everything from their emotions to physical health.
As a parent or caregiver, you play a big role in looking for the signs and symptoms of teen depression, and in helping them through it.
Common Signs of Teen Depression
The signs and symptoms of teen depression are both emotional and behavioral. Emotional changes you may see can include:
In many cases, these emotional changes manifest themselves in observable behavior changes. These can include:
Causes and Triggers
There are no direct known causes of depression in teens, but there are several possible factors:
There are also several other risk factors and triggers that can play a role in teen depression:
How to Help
While there’s no guarantee that you as a parent or caregiver can prevent depression in your teen, you can help them overcome it:
Your doctor can provide further information on combating teen depression.
My profession allows me to interact with people on a level that few other jobs would. The number one way to provide safe, effective healthcare is to educate patients and make sure I listen to and understand their story and what they want to get out of their healthcare.
“Recognizing and treating teen depression.” Dr. Leslie Greenberg’s Blog. https://drlesliegreenberg.com/2014/10/27/recognizing-and-treating-teen-depression/
“Teen depression.” The Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/teen-depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20350985
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.
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