According to the CDC, approximately 1.9 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with depression. The World Health Organization cites that globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
Early Detection is Key
Recognizing signs of teenage depression is crucial to warding off an escalation of symptoms and inconceivable consequences. Adolescence predictably brings with it a change in behaviors. Deciphering the difference between normal teenage-isms and depression could be a challenge. Emotional symptoms of teenage depression include the following:
- Feeling hopeless
- Unexplained crying spells
- Feeling worthless
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- A grim outlook on the future
- Easily frustrated
- Overly sensitive
- Difficulty with concentration or thinking
- Thoughts of suicide
Behavioral changes associated with depression include sleeping too much or not being able to sleep at all, changes in appetite, lack of energy, social isolation, neglecting personal hygiene, self-harm, or use of drugs or alcohol.
When to Get Help
If you are concerned with your child’s behavior, start by talking with them. This will give you a clearer understanding if they are experiencing normal adolescent changes or if there may be something more going on. Depressive symptoms typically do not go away on their own, so it is important for you to seek help for your teen. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen and put your child at risk of suicide or other self-harming behaviors. If there is an immediate risk of suicide or threats of suicide, call 911 or local emergency contact number.
Our team of compassionate counselors are specialized in the scope of teenage depression. To serve you better, we offer in-person counseling sessions at all three of our Garrett Counseling locations (Huntsville, Albertville / Boaz, or Jacksonville). Teletherapy sessions are also available. Request more information by clicking here, or call (256) 239-5662.