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Teenager Depression and Moodiness

Don`t confuse moodiness with depression

These days, we recognize more and more that the pressures put on our children do indeed bring on depression. There was a time that if a teenager — or an adult for that matter — suffered from depression, it was kept silent, and only certain members of the family were aware of the problem (if they were aware at all).

Today, that is no longer the case. There has been so much research done in the area of depression that it is now an “open” topic. Thankfully, teenagers are more aware that they are not alone with their feelings or problems and that help is available.

Depressed Young Girl with HangoverTeenagers are often moody. That is a natural part of being a teenager, and it is caused by the chemical changes in the brain as they go through puberty. However, moodiness should not be confused with depression — and vice versa.

The symptoms of depression in teenagers include:

•    Irritability anger or hostility
•    Tearfulness
•    Crying
•    Withdrawal from friends, family, and usual activities
•    Sadness or hopelessness
•    Changes in sleeping patterns
•    Changes in appetite
•    Agitation
•    Restlessness
•    Lack of motivation
•    Fatigue
•    Difficulty focusing
•    Difficulty making decisions
•    Thoughts of suicide and increased thoughts of death in general

Teenager Depression SpecialistAside from these general symptoms of depression, one must be aware that teenagers express their feelings in ways that are different than most adults. For example, your child may start experiencing problems at school, run away from home, start experimenting with and abusing drugs or alcohol, develop an eating disorder, become addicted to the Internet, injure themselves on purpose, become violent, have a general reckless behavior, or attempt suicide.

Treatment for a depressed teen starts at home, where the parents need to discover whether the child is depressed or not or whether something else may be causing the problem.

It is important that your teen understands that he or she is loved and accepted and that you are there for them. An appointment with a family doctor is needed, and he or she will most likely point you to a specialist that is qualified to deal with teenagers depression.

A specialist is best-qualified to deal with teenager depression

When is Depression Treatment Necessary?

We may wonder when depression treatment is needed

Depression and LonelinessThere is a variety of forms for depression treatment, and they can be used in a wide range of circumstances. All of us, from time to time, have periods where we are “low” emotionally. In some cases, these “blue periods” may be sufficiently intense to make us wonder whether or not we should avail ourselves to medical interventions.

There is no clear answer to the query. All of us have unique emotional compositions, and depression strikes different people in different ways. However, there are a few solid indicators we can reference in order to determine if our sense of sadness is a normal part of our healthy emotional range or an incident of depression warranting medical advice.

The first consideration is the severity of primary symptoms. If one is feeling a bit glum, that is a far cry from experiencing the sense of utter hopelessness often associated with cases of clinical depression. A mild twinge of the “blues” is significantly different in severity to having lost one`s zest for life and the ability to appreciate previously enjoyed activities. If symptoms are out of the ordinary, depression treatment may be required. Stated in clear terms: bad moods are normal. Depression is not.

Another factor to evaluate is the presence of additional symptoms. Rarely does depression only influence one`s moods. Those suffer from a diagnosable case of this mental illness, usually experiencing other symptoms. If feeling down is accompanied by changes in appetite or sleeping habits, a heightened sense of anxiety, or other commonly experienced depression symptoms, depression treatment may be justified.

One can easily search for a list of the many possible symptoms associated with depressive disorders online. If you are trying to fix your health or that of another, such information will not serve as a replacement for a professional opinion, but can provide you with valuable background information.

Finally, we should consider not only at symptoms and their severity, but also at their longevity. Many people will experience intense periods of situational depression that tend to dissipate over the course of a few weeks. Life`s challenges can be difficult, and shameful feelings in response to them are perfectly normal. However, if those feelings don`t begin to wane in a few weeks, one may want to consider depression treatment options.

The decision to seek professional help can be difficult. If you have any doubt in whether or not you or someone you know is experiencing actual depression, as opposed to a simple “bad mood,” you should act by caution and explore the possibility of treatment before simply assuming the situation will pass “on its own.”

Deciding whether or not seek medical guidance should be informed but must be cautious. Depression is an extremely serious medical disorder and should not be taken lightly. If any warning signs occur, it is perfectly reasonable to make an appointment to investigate depression treatment.