Is your teenager or young adult spending more time alone or being uncommunicative? Are you worried about a recent change in behavior?
The high school years can be intense, with intense feelings of anxiety and bouts of the blues. Depression in teenagers, however, crosses the boundary line from ordinary bouts of sadness. In many cases, therapy for depression is effective in helping teenagers. Ignored, depression can have major consequences and can even be life threatening.
How to recognize symptoms of depression
Does your teenager have Panic Attacks, worry excessively, or seem moody for no apparent reason?
Your child or young adult crossed the line from “just the blues” to a major depressive episode (MDE) when he or she experiences at least two weeks of a low mood. Symptoms that you can recognize include low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, and problems with sleep, energy, and concentration.
If you suspect that your child is suffering, or has suffered from a major depressive episode, reach out for help.
How common is depression in teenagers?
If you suspect that your teenager or young adult is facing depression, you are not alone. A recent study found that 11.5% of adolescents (12 to 17) experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDEs) in the previous twelve months. 9.6% of young adults (18 to 25) experienced a MDE in the previous twelve months. You can read the full study online in Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What can cause depression?
Everyone is unique, and there is no single cause for depression. It’s important to treat each case individually. Oftentimes, depression is a symptom of a larger, underlying issue. In order to recover from depression, you must first take steps to address this underlying issue. Two common issues that have shown to trigger depression in teens are social isolation and low self-esteem.
- Social isolation
Humans are hardwired to interact with others. A lack of social support can increase anxiety and hinder our ability to cope with difficulties. For teenagers, a social life is even more important. Not having a close group of friends can be humiliating or degrading for your child, not to mention psychologically unhealthy. Social isolation can cause loneliness, low self-esteem, and depression.
There are a number of factors that may contribute to social isolation, including bullying. In therapy, we can work on identifying what is going on in your teenager’s life and empowering him or her to make a real change for the better.
- Low self–esteem
Research has shown that those with low self-esteem are at a higher risk for depression. The hyper-focus on body image in today’s media can put a lot of pressure on teenagers and young adults and reinforce a negative self-concept. In therapy, we will work on rejecting those thoughts that feed into the cycle of negativity, and empower your teen or young adult to engage in working towards their goals and meeting their full potential.
Can therapy help your child or teenager recover from depression?
A large body of evidence has shown that therapy can be highly beneficial. Many clients are able to make meaningful changes, experiencing tangible relief from depression.
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