Depression is a problem many kids face that can disguise itself as normal “mood swings” due to puberty or teenage development. Therefore, it is often ignored until something more serious happens, like a suicide attempt, self injury, or a serious risk-taking behavior that gets the kid in to trouble. If you think your kid is depressed, do not ignore your observations. There are actions you can make and steps you can take that will help them overcome depression. If it turns out it was normal behavior, you have shown you cared enough to check it out.
14%-24% of youth and young adults have self-injured at least once.
In the U.S., one in 20 teens have moderate to severe major depression.
About 80% of people diagnosed with major depression can be treated and return to their usual activities and feelings.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year-olds.
Depression in adolescence frequently co-occurs with other disorders such as anxiety, disruptive behavior, eating disorders or substance abuse.
Depression isn’t just about being very sad; it is an illness that affects nearly every part of life. This is especially true in teens where the illness of clinical depression is often masked by irritability, acting out, drug use, and anger. About one in
twenty teens suffers from depression at any given time. Sometimes depression is an inherited condition. Sometimes it grows out of trauma or other seriously negative events, and often is prompted by a combination of both factors. If left untreated, teen depression may lead to failure at school, running away, addictive difficulties, social/emotional withdrawal, and suicide. It is important for parents to know the signs and symptoms, and take immediate steps to treat the depression.
Depression is a problem many kids face that often disguises itself as normal “mood swings” due to puberty or teenage development. Therefore, it is often ignored until something more serious happens, like a suicide attempt, self-injury, or a serious risk-taking behavior that gets the kid in trouble. If you think your kid is depressed, do not ignore your observations. There are things you can do and steps you can take that will help them overcome depression. If it turns out it was normal behavior, you have shown you cared enough to check it out.
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Talk to your spouse, agree on your family’s position, and share that with your kid. Make that position very clear and always remain consistent, don’t waiver.
It is recommended that when signs of depression occur suddenly or in combination with each other, it may need to be evaluated more seriously by a professional.
If you suspect your kid may be struggling with depression symptoms, let them know you are concerned in an honest, caring way.
There is no single known cause of depression. Some types of depression tend to run in families, suggesting a genetic link. However, depression can occur in people without family histories of depression as well.
Depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. The parts of the brain responsible for regulating mood, thinking, sleep, appetite and behavior appear to function abnormally, and your kid may need medication to assist.
Trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Subsequent depressive episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.
Let your kid know you are there to provide support and listen when they are ready. Don't pressure them to talk, but ensure that they know they can always go to you to discuss how they may be feeling.
Talk to your doctor about your kid’s behavior; make an appointment for your kid to see their doctor as well. There could be a physical reason for them to be showing some of the symptoms of depression. Check your family medical history. Look for patterns of depression and share what you find with your kid.
Ask your kid about their thoughts and feelings regarding their behavior and note how it compares to signs of depression. Let them know that you are concerned and are there to help.
List the warning signs and behaviors that you have noticed and ask for a recommendation or a consultation meeting with your kid.
Make it a point to be diligent in helping them locate the professional resources they need for assistance. Be sure to protect their confidentiality while seeking professional help.
Such as family history of mood disorders, substance abuse, history of child abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional), family history of suicide attempts or completions, history of previous suicide attempts, a diagnosis of ADHD, current relationship problems (especially family or significant other), having access to weapons or prescription medicine.
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