Depression, commonly known as major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression, is a common but serious mental illness. Teen years are often considered as one of the most challenging period in an individual’s lifetime. During this time, everything changes drastically – be it an individual’s appearance or the kind of relationships they share with their family and friends. Owing to these changes, a lot of times it is easy to dismiss a teen’s behavioral change as a bad mood swing or an episode of teen blues. But this may not always be the case.
Compared to adults, it is difficult to spot depression in a teen. If it remains undetected, major depressive episodes in teens can become chronic, causing havoc in their lives. It impacts an individual’s appetite, sleep patterns, relationships with family and friends and performance in school.
Depression in teens is different than normal sadness. The latter, is usually triggered by petty events and fades away with time. However, that is not what happens with depression. It lasts relatively longer than a bad mood and takes away an adolescent’s ability to function normally. If depression in teens is not detected at an early stage, it can lead to self-harm, suicide ideation, or suicide.
Parents and guardians need to stay vigilant about their teens’ behavior at all times to help an early detection of a mental disorder. Some of the common symptoms and red flags that one can look out to identify an onset of depression may include:
If you notice a combination of any of the above symptoms in your teen, it might be beneficial to take them to a mental health specialist for a check-up.
There is no specific reason that causes depression in teens. Researchers believe that multiple potential causes can contribute towards the development of depression in adolescents and teens. According to some studies, physical differences have been found in the brains of depressed teens. In certain cases, teen depression is found to be genetically inheritable. Apart from these factors, mental trauma, such as physical violence and sexual abuse, can trigger depression in teens. Hormonal changes which occur during teens, also seem to trigger depression in teens.
Additionally, certain behavioral patterns, like the feelings of helplessness can drive teen depression. For instance, if a teenager is unable to seek solutions to problems in life, it may initially lead to frustration which eventually transforms into depression.
Like any other physical disease, teen depression can be treated when the patient seeks treatment at a specific center for depression treatment. Certified depression treatment centers would plan a personalized treatment intervention taking into account all the problems that a teen may be facing. The treatment plan would administer prescription medications like selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs) to help them regulate their moods.
Therapies like talk therapy or psychotherapy would also be used for effective and long-lasting treatment of depression in teens. Some of the common therapies given to such patients include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps depressed teens face their problems and learn coping skills to manage the symptoms. Whereas, interpersonal therapy teaches them to build healthier relationships at home and at school.
While depression in teens may seem overwhelming initially, it can be treated with timely intermediation and compassionate care. ADEONA Healthcare’s residential inpatient depression facility for adolescents aged 12 to 17 in Rancho San Diego offers such patients a comfortable, safe, and summer-camp kind of environment to overcome their challenges in a setting that is free from distractions.
Along with effective alternative therapies such as yoga, ADEONA Healthcare also makes use of evidence-backed treatment methods. At our Rancho San Diego rehabilitation center, patients with teen depression can attend group therapy sessions and enjoy the serene, peaceful rural setting, while focusing on themselves and getting well.
If you wish to learn more about ADEONA Healthcare’s treatment plans for teen depression or any other mental illness, feel free to call our 24/7 helpline (888) 379-9360. In case you need immediate assistance, you can also chat online with our admission counselor.