Teen Depression Help

Definition of teen: An adolescent: being of the age 13 through 19.

Definition of Depression: A mental state of depressed mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through dysthymia to major depression. It in many ways resembles the grief and mourning that follow bereavement, there are often feelings of low self esteem, guilt and self reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact and physical symptoms such as eating and sleep disturbances.

Definition of Help: Help is a word used to indicate distress or the need for assistance. Person to person help can come in a variety of forms. Monetary assistance in the form of grants or loans, or scholarships is considered a way to help a person get on their feet in the world. People can lend emotional help in times of depression, educational help in times of ignorance, and physical help to those in need.

The above definitions should increase your ability to understand the phrase, "Teen Depression Help." In searching for this phrase on Google, we discovered over 2 million websites. To narrow down the search, we placed quotation marks of the keyword phrase, "teen depression help" and decreased the amount of websites found to just over 750. While 750 is much more reasonable than 2 million, it may still present more website possibilities than the time a parent and/or teen may have to properly distinguish the best qualified service for the teens situation.

In searching for teen depression help, it may first be important to be able to identify a few of the signs and symptoms of teen depression. For further guidance in discerning the signs and symptoms of depression we encourage parents and teens to consider contacting a licensed therapist, doctor, and/or another qualified professional. Please contact us for assistance in finding a qualified professional to further assist in the diagnosis of depression for a teen you may be familiar with.

Teens face a great deal of pressures from the changes of puberty to questions about self identity and where they fit in. With all of the things present in a teenagers life, it can be difficult to differentiate from what is normal teenage moodiness and abnormal depression.

To make things more complicated, many teens that are experiencing depression may not be showing it by appearing sad or down. It is important to note that symptoms of depression can include withdrawal, irritability, and rage. Here is a chart that may assist you in recognizing the signs of depression better. We gathered much of the information below from searching credible on-line sites.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION IN TEENS
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It can also be very important to understand the effects of teenage depression. Here is a list of the effects of teenage depression that we found in our on-line research.

EFFECTS OF TEEN DEPRESSION
Untreated Depression Can Lead to…

Problems at school

Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties. In teens, this may lead to poor school attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with schoolwork in a formerly good student.

Running away from home

Many depressed teens run away from home or talk about running away. Such attempts may be a cry for help.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Teens may use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to “self-medicate” their depression. Unfortunately, substance abuse only makes things worse.

Low self-esteem

Depression can intensify feelings of ugliness and unworthiness.

Eating disorders

Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and yo-yo dieting are often signs of unrecognized depression.

Internet addiction

Teens may go on-line to escape from their problems. But excessive computer use only increases their isolation and makes them more depressed.

Self-injury

Cutting, burning, and other kinds of self-mutilation are almost always associated with depression.

Reckless behavior

Depression in teenagers may appear as dangerous or high-risk behaviors rather than, or in addition to, gloominess. Examples include reckless driving, out-of-control drug use, and unsafe sex.

Violence

Some depressed teens (sometimes boys who are the victims of bullying) become violent. As in the case of the Columbine school massacre, self-hatred and a wish to die can erupt into violence and homicidal rage.

Suicide

Teens who are seriously depressed often think, speak, or make "attention-getting" attempts at suicide. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors should always be taken very seriously.

New Start Transports is familiar with many ways that parents can find help for a teen experiencing depression. The following is a list of educated sources that you may want to consider contacting for further help with your teenage son or daughter if they are showing signs of depression.

PROFESSIONALS TO CONSIDER CONTACTING FOR TEEN DEPRESSION HELP
  • Doctor
  • Therapist / Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • An Educational Consultant
  • An Accredited Teen Treatment Facility
  • Local School District
  • Close Family Members
  • Any Educated Source That You May Trust
  • Church / Religious Leaders
  • Local State Government Teen Resource Center
  • Professional Teen Intervention Service - New Start Transports

New Start Transports understands that teen depression help may not be easy to find and/or recognize. Please contact us for further information, resources, help, and guidance.



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