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Depression is a disease of adults, and in fact, the changes that our teens go through during this stage of life puts them in a very vulnerable situation. In this note, the key to successfully confront and overcome this disease.

As we know, all people, including children, suffer from occasional periods of sadness or unhappiness. However, if these experiences are sufficiently severe or long lasting enough to cause problems in normal activities, one could consider that the problem is more than just a period of nostalgia or confused feelings, and that could be going through a clinical depression.

Depression has no cure, but can have severe consequences if not treated properly and on time. In the case of children or adolescents, a major impact on their performance in school, participation in activities they previously enjoyed, and time spent with friends and family. And the more they are removed and absent from social activities, their teachers, friends, or family itself may begin to tell you that something is wrong with them, who are lazy or even crazy. As a result of these comments, self-esteem of adolescents may decrease further, which forms a vicious circle from which it is very difficult to escape. In more severe cases of depression, young people can start thinking about suicide.

Knowing whether your teenager is depressed

If your teen is depressed, probably exhibit two or more of the following symptoms for two consecutive weeks. These should be exhibited behavior not normally observed is due to a change in behavior:


Has shown changes in their performance in school

Have difficulty concentrating

Easily irritated or angry easily

Showing persistently sad or unhappy

Has shown changes in their eating and sleeping habits

Was withdrawn and absent from activities and people that previously used to enjoy

It displays a guilt or anxiety

He complains of pain and physical discomfort

They have aggressive behavior, impulsive or high-risk

Talk of death or suicide

Causes of teen depression

The medical community still is not sure what are the factors causing depression, since the reasons that cause this disease are varied, and may be different for each person. In adolescents, it could be caused by stress at school or relationships with peers. Some teenagers get depressed when they enter puberty, because of its difficulty to assimilate change their bodies. One thing to note is that nearly 14 years, adolescent girls are twice as likely as adolescent boys to experience depression.
Taking measures against the presumption of a depressed teenager

If your child exhibits symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, you should seek therapy. Your pediatrician may be a good person to start with consultations. Probably will do some assessments to confirm that symptoms are not caused by organic disease or infection. If your doctor thinks that the symptoms are quite significant, could lead to his teenage son to a psychiatric or psychoanalytic therapy.

If you have never been involved with medical or mental health therapies, possibly may be somewhat apprehensive towards them. However, you should know that times have changed, and now, seek help from a psychologist, psychoanalyst or psychiatrist, does not mean that your teen is crazy or you're a bad parent. Nor does it mean that your child must go through years in therapy. The earlier depression is diagnosed and begins to be treated, the simpler of healing and recovery time will be shorter.

Treating and curing depression

Each individual responds differently to the variety of treatments that exist today. There are many ways to cure depression, and treatment of your child depends on the severity of their depression and the methods that you and the doctors feel they will be most effective for her son.

Some of these treatments include: individual therapy sessions with analysts, where the patient expresses their problems face to face sitting or reclining on a divan group therapy coordinated by psychologists, where several patients suffering from similar problems confidentially talk about their difficulties helping each on others, family therapy, where the entire family attends meeting with psychologists or psychoanalysts therapies psychiatric medications, prescribed by psychiatrists and, in the vast minority of cases, temporary admissions in psychiatric clinics.

If you suspect your teenager is depressed, seek treatment as soon as possible to help them overcome their disease. The longer you wait, the more severe could become depression. Contact your pediatrician or mental health counselor at your hospital for more information about depression.


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