How Does Depression Affect Teenagers (Adolescents)?

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The level of depression’s severity and the level of suicide’s risk can be observed based on the result of these interviews. The treatment plan is determined based on the information gathered from these interviews. Some psychological tests are probably required, too.

Other signs that may point to co-existing psychiatric problems (like substance abuse or anxiety) also should be concerned.

Teen depression is a complex condition. It may be potential to become bipolar disorder (characterized by two extreme episodes – overwhelming sense of sad and happy). All of these issues must be analyzed as well.

The differences between depression in teenagers and adults

These may include:

  1. When depressed adults are more likely to isolate themselves, some depressed teens may still keep up at least with a few friendships.
  2. Depressed teens are likely to become more sensitive to criticism. They are often plagued by sense of worthlessness, making them excessively vulnerable to criticism.
  3. Angry mood or irritability is pretty common in depressed teens. They can experience overwhelming sense of sadness, but they are more often to have angry mood rather than sadness.

How to treat depression in teenagers?

There are a wide variety of treatment options for depression. But in general, there are two major treatments, psychotherapy (counseling) and medications.

If doctors think that a family conflict has a contribution, family therapy may be one of the effective options. For severe case of teen depression, hospitalization in a unit of psychiatric may be required.

In addition, if necessary doctors prescribe antidepressants to help soothe the problem. The use of these medications should be closely monitoring by your mental healthcare providers!

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