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Teenage Depression: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Teenage Depression: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

by: Dr. Ruby Ahuja
Consultant - Clinical Psychologists Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Teen depression is a serious mental health problem which causes constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how your teenage feels, thinks and behaves; also it can cause functional, emotional and physical problems. Though depression can occur at any point of life, but the symptoms are different between adults and teens.

Issues which include academic expectations, peep pressure and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and down for teens. But in some cases lows are more than temporary feelings which can be symptom of depression.

Causes of Teen Depression:

  • Hormones: Changes in hormonal balance may involve in causing depression.
  • Early childhood trauma: During childhood child must had traumatic experience which can be emotional abuse, physical abuse or loss of parent etc.
  • Biological chemistry: Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of brain and body. When these chemicals are impaired or abnormal, the function of nerve receptors and nerve system changes leads to depression.
  • Negative thinking: Teen depression is linked to helpless feeling.
  • Inherited traits: Depression is common in people when blood relatives have this condition.

Preventing Teen Depression:

There is no specific way to prevent depression. But below given strategies can encourage teenage to overcome depression:

  • Reach out for social support which includes family, friends etc. at the time of crisis
  • Get treat at early signs and symptoms of depression, which helps to prevent depression from getting worse
  • Take steps to control stress and boost self esteem to help handle the issues when they arise
  • Maintain ongoing treatment even if the symptoms let up and prevent the relapse of depression symptoms.

Depression symptoms in teens may not get better own its own rather it may get worse and lead to other problems if left untreated.

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