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What is Teen depression?

21:54 - 4 May , 2021


It is a serious condition that affects mental health through permanent sadness and lack of interest in people, situations, and activities, losing interest in oneself and life.

As it is a mental illness, the adolescent is affected in their way of thinking, feeling, and behaving, causing them physical and emotional symptoms, so if it is not attended to promptly, it can cause complications such as:

  • Drug addiction.
  • Alcoholism.
  • School difficulties.
  • Socializing problems.
  • Criminal acts.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Suicide.

Although the origin of depression is unknown, it is known that several factors are involved, such as hormonal balance, neurotransmitters, hereditary aspects, traumatic experiences in childhood, and learned negativity.

Signs and symptoms Teen depression

  • Constant sadness.
  • Crying for no reason.
  • Fits of rage and frustration.
  • Loss of hope.
  • Irritability.
  • Lack of interest in activities, hobbies, and people.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Concentration problems.
  • Memory loss.
  • Negativity.
  • Fixed ideas about suicide and death.
  • Weakness and fatigue.
  • Excess sleep or insomnia.
  • Lack of appetite or excessive food intake.
  • Alcoholism and drug addiction.
  • Headaches.
  • Social isolation.
  • Lack of hygiene and carelessness in personal appearance.
  • Suicide thoughts or attempts.

When you notice any of these symptoms and warning signs in your child, go immediately to a mental health specialist so that they can be diagnosed and treated promptly.

Diagnosis and treatment Teen depression

Once the doctor analyzes your child’s symptoms and clinical history, he or she will perform a thorough physical examination and a psychological evaluation, in addition to requesting blood tests.

The treatment to be followed will be established depending on the intensity of the symptoms, but normally it consists of taking antidepressants and regular psychotherapy sessions.

When depression is extreme and there is a real risk of suicide, it is best to admit the patient to a mental health center to receive permanent monitoring and specialized care while he or she improves.

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