Separating Teen Depression from Regular Moodiness

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Teen angst is a common term used to describe disruptive behavior in teenagers. Though teens are known to be moody, sometimes that generalization writes off those that truly do need help because they’re suffering from something more than regular moodiness: teen depression.

The effects of depression on teens

When teen depression is allowed to run rampant without treatment, the outcome can be deadly. Oftentimes, those struggling with depression in adolescence experience issues performing in school, interacting with family and friends, dealing with stress, and much more. Depression has been linked to drug use, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and many other dangerous behaviors.

Symptoms of teen depression

According to the American Psychological Association, those that struggle with depression in adolescence have a large chance of developing further psychological issues down the road, especially if left untreated. This emphasizes why it’s important to know the signs that your child is suffering from teen depression.

According to Mayo Clinic, common signs of depression in adolescents include:

  • Uncontrollable anger or sadness
  • Loss of interest in normally enjoyed activities
  • Exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
  • Sudden change in sleeping/eating patterns
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or thinking
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Risky behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Drug use

Finding help for your child

If you believe your teen may be experiencing teen depression, it’s extremely important to seek out professional treatment. Many effective treatments and programs exist to help your child through this difficult time.

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens. We offer guidance and support for families in their times of need. At Elevations, we treat teens grappling with issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and many more. We strive to help our students get back onto a healthier and safer path.

For more information about how Elevations RTC treats teen depression, call us today .

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