Teenage Depression - is not just a bad mood - this is a serious problem that affects all aspects of teenage life. Teenage depression can lead to problems at home and school.
There are many misconceptions aboutadolescent depression. In adolescence, many children are quite aggressive, difficult to communicate with them, they show rebellion and want to be independent. Adolescents often have mood swings and they are sad. But depression - is something else. Depression can destroy the very essence of the adolescent's personality, causing an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair or anger.
The frequency of adolescent depression worldwideincreases, and we become more aware of it, looking at our children or their friends. Depression strikes the mind of a teenager is much more common than most people think. Although teen depression is very well treatable, experts say only one out of five cases of depression adolescents receiving assistance.
Unlike adults, who are able toask for help on their own, teenagers usually have to rely on parents, teachers and educators, to ascertain the fact of depression and get the necessary treatment.
Signs of depression
Teens face a lot of cases,Pressure from adults, ranging from assessments at the school to monitor mothers and fathers. And at this time in their body goes hormonal storm that makes the psyche of a teenager even more vulnerable and fragile than before. In adolescence, children begin to assert their independence fiercely. For them, there is the drama of what the adult only sad smile. Because adults are used to seeing in teenagers often agitated state, they are not always easy to distinguish between depression and inherent teenagers whims and mood swings. If you notice these symptoms in adolescents is likely he has depression.
Sadness or hopelessness for a long time
Irritability, anger or hostility
Failure to friends and family
Loss of interest in any activity
Loss of appetite and poor sleep
Restlessness and agitation
The sense of his own guilt
The lack of enthusiasm and motivation
Fatigue or lack of energy
Thoughts of death
If you are not sure, that the teenager is in a state of depression, contact with him to a psychologist.
What can cause depression
The negative consequences of adolescent depressionIt goes far beyond the melancholic mood. Many cases of unhealthy behavior or aggressive attitudes among teenagers - in fact, the signs of depression. Here are some ways in which young people are able to show the adults what they have depression. They act so not out of wickedness, and in an attempt to cope with the emotional pain.
Problems at school. Depression can lead to loss of energy and difficulty concentrating. At school, it can lead to poor attendance, quarrels in the classroom or disappointment in schoolwork, even for those children who are used to doing very well.
Running away from home. Many depressed teens run away from home or start a conversation about the flight. Such attempts - a cry for help.
Drugs and alcohol abuse. Teenagers may use alcohol or drugs in an attempt to "self-medication" for depression. Unfortunately, these methods lead to irreparable consequences.
Low self-esteem. Depression can trigger and amplify the feeling of helplessness, shame, giving a sense of meaninglessness of life.
Internet addiction. Teens can go online to escape from their problems. However, excessive computer use only increases their isolation and makes them more depressed.
Desperate, reckless behavior. Depressed adolescents may engage in dangerous operations - for example, rob a passer-by on the street or at risk desperately.
Some depressed teens - usually boys who were victims of aggression themselves become aggressive. Self-hatred and a desire to die could escalate into violence and anger to others.
The problem with depression need to be addressed, and thethe sooner the better. It is important that the teenager shared with you their problems. The teenager may not want to tell them. It can be embarrassing, he may be afraid of being misunderstood. In addition, depressed adolescents is very difficult to express what they feel.
Depression is very destructive to the fragile psyche of a teenager, if not treated, the stress will further exacerbate the child's condition. Seek professional help.
Be prepared to give your doctor information about the symptomsdepression, your child, including their duration, how they affect the child's everyday occupations, and in general all have disturbing symptoms. It should also tell your doctor about relatives who have suffered from depression or any other psychiatric disorder.