Teen Depression is a mental illness characterized as a Mood Disorder and is one of the most common mental illnesses present in adolescents. Teen Depression is characterized by an overwhelming sense of sadness and low mood which persists, regardless of contexts or circumstances. The sadness can also be accompanied by extreme low energy, hopelessness, apathy toward life, distance from others, and even suicidal thoughts. It’s important to recognize that while everyone experiences some ups and downs as well as painful periods in their lives, Teen Depression is an illness related to a chemical imbalance in the brain, and therefore something which teens can’t simply “get over” or decide to “cheer up.” Some of the factors that can contribute to Teen Depression include: genetics, brain biology, and/or a traumatic life event such as a loss of a loved one or a difficult relationship. In cases of Teen Depression, teens will almost always need professional help in order to recover and the earlier this Teen Depression Treatment begins, the better.
The most defining characteristic of Teen Depression is a sense of lurking, persistent sadness which doesn’t let up and tends to color everything. It causes tough moments to feel worse and takes the joy out of moments that should be enjoyable or happy. When teens are depressed, it’s common for them to lose interest in activities they once loved, and they might even withdraw from friends, and isolate themselves. Because of the combination of low energy, apathy, and withdrawing from others, when teens have depression they will also begin struggling in school and functioning well with responsibilities and relationships.
Some of the other symptoms commonly present with Teen Depression, including but not limited to: feelings of rejection and/or extreme fear of judgment; irritability; headaches; stomach aches; feelings of helplessness; indecision and difficulty concentrating; insomnia or extreme increase in sleep; fatigue; feelings of guilt; and/or extreme low feelings of self-worth.
There are a number of different subtypes of Teen Depression, characterized by specific onset and type of symptoms as well as circumstances of the onset of the illness.
It’s also very common for Teen Depression to be present as a Co-Occurring disorder, along with another Mood Disorder such as Teen Anxiety, and/or an Eating Disorder or other Self-Harm condition. In these cases, it’s extremely important for teens to be accurately and thoroughly diagnosed, in order to ensure that teen depression treatment is addressing symptoms as best as possible.
Paradigm Treatment Centers For Teen Depression Treatment:
If you or a loved one you know may be struggling with Teen Depression, we want you to know help is available and it is very possible to feel better soon.
While Teen Depression continues to become more prevalent in the United States, the knowledge of the illness and resources for treatment have also substantially improved. At Paradigm Treatment Centers, our Teen Depression treatment draws from both traditional and progressive therapeutic techniques, and uses a number of well-rounded, holistic sessions and services, to address all different aspects of teens’ lives. To this end, we incorporate both talk therapy and behavioral therapy strategies, helping teens to process their underlying thoughts and emotions, as well as how they are connected with behaviors and patterns. In some cases, we may also recommend prescription medication, which can sometimes help to alleviate symptoms such that it helps teens to better engage in other aspects of their treatment process. Moreover, by supporting teens to unpack and examine the nature of their thought patterns, our therapists can empower teens to identify triggers and learn to change them, in time.
At the same time, our therapists also work with teens to address behaviors that have resulted from Teen Depression. This especially includes helping teens address responsibilities and academic challenges, as well as relationships. By helping teens to recognize the problematic behaviors and make healthy changes, they will begin to feel less at the whim of their low mood and over time, more hopeful and healthy.
The goal then, is not just to address teens’ exterior symptoms and behaviors, but to support teens in all areas of their lives so that they can return to their lives feeling healthier, happier, and better equipped to navigate stressors, moving forward.