Teen depression is a serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how teens think, feel and behave, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although mood disorders, such as depression, can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults.
Issues such as peer pressure, academic expectations and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs for teens. But for some teens, the lows are more than just temporary feelings — they’re a symptom of depression. Teen depression isn’t a weakness or something that can be overcome with willpower — it can have serious consequences and requires long-term treatment. For most teens, depression symptoms ease with treatment such as medication and psychological counseling.
Symptoms of depression consist of: (http://www.webmd.com/depression/)
- Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason
- Irritability, frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters
- Lost of pleasure or interest in normal activities.
- Lost of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends
- Feeling of worthlessness, guilt, fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
- Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.
- Ongoing sense that life and the future are grim and bleak
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide.
- Loss of energy
- Sleeping too much
- Self-harm, such as cutting, burning, or excessive piercing or tattooing
- Changes in appetite, such as decreased appetite and weight loss, or increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Frequent complaints of unexplained body aches and headaches, which may include frequent visits to the school nurse
A doctor can diagnose depression by doing specialized blood test other expensive laboratory tests to help them make a conclusive diagnosis. However, most laboratory tests are not very helpful when it comes to diagnosing depression. In fact, talking with the patient may be the most important diagnostic tool the doctor has.
Many teens suffer from depression and some don’t even know it. Depression is not something that you choose to have or choose not to have. Teens that suffer from depression get teased with it and get bullied because they have depression, but it’s not a choose. Nobody would choose to have a metal disorder.
Ways that you can help with your depression or treatments to help depression depend of the type of depression that you have. There are different types of drugs that can help your depression and help you to take your symptoms away. You could cure your depression by talking to a councilor and talking about your problems, but that doesn’t work for everyone.
Depression is not something to mess with and if you think or have symptoms of depression then you should tell your parent or guardian and go and see a doctor. Depression is not something to mess with and it is a serious thing that you need to take care of. Depression is something that isn’t easy to live with and in some cases will go away eventually, but it’s defiantly not something to mess with.
I interviewed Abigail Brown on what she does when sh is upset or feeling depressed and she said that she doesn’t feel it all the time only sometimes and its usually round when school starts. “I always get really upset and just want to go home in the beginning of the year”, explains Brown. Brown says that she always wants to go back to Glen Este and she misses her old friends but then everything ends up being okay in the end.
I interviewed one of our school councilors, Mrs. Buten, about what she does to help students who come to her if they are depressed or have depression, “I usually talk to them a little and then send them to our Child Focus representative on campus and maybe call their parents and talk to them about things,” stats Mrs. Buten. Buten says that she isn’t really trained to deal with situations like this but she always tends to help out the best she can. “Sometimes it’s hard to help students with their certain situations so i call their parents and reference there to a psychiatrists so they could talk to them and help deal their situation,” explains Buten.