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Is Your Teen at Risk for Depression?

Teen Depression Counseling


Is Your Teen at Risk for Depression?


Adolescence is a time of dramatic changes for your child that may begin around the age of 12 or 13. These years are marked by a series of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that can baffle parents or cause concern. During this time, a teen’s brain is still developing and hormones are surging, signaling the progression of the young person into an adult.

One of the most difficult aspects of raising a teen child is understanding and keeping up with these changes. It’s considered normal for teenagers to be moody, rebellious, experimental, withdrawn, and obnoxious. With all these hosts of changes, it may not always be easy to differentiate whether your child’s moodiness is part of normal growing pains or your teen exhibiting depressive symptoms.

How can you tell if constant and escalating arguments involving the teen at home or at school are dangerous red flags for depression?


The Truth about Teen Depression

Depression can occur at any time in life, but the upheaval of adolescence makes teens more at risk for depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that depression occurs in up to one in 12 American teens. The risk is three times higher by the age of 18. Teen girls are more prone than boys, and the condition often coincides with behavior, attention, and learning disorders.

Teen depression is a complex emotional condition that cannot be attributed to a single cause or trigger. Some of the risk factors include family history, certain difficult life events, and personality traits. Unrealistic academic, social, or family pressures can also create a strong sense of rejection and lead to deep disappointment in teens. Thus, it isn’t unusual for some teens to overreact or feel that life is not fair, causing them to experience the “blues “or feel “down in the dumps.” Added to these are the conflicting messages from society, television, magazines, and social media.                                                

Resistant, belligerent, or aggressive behavior demonstrated by teens may be interpreted as normal rebellion. However, unknown to parents, guardians, and authorities, there could be a deeper cause that needs to be evaluated and treated by a credible health professional. Without intervention, it can lead to other issues, such as substance abuse and self-harm.


Knowing If Your Teen Has Depression

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the usual ups and downs of teenage life and teen depression. Depression can be identified based on different symptoms warning you that your child needs professional help. Although the signs vary in severity, the emotional and behavioral changes must not be easily dismissed.

A depressed teen may have feelings of sadness accompanied by crying spells for no apparent reason. There are interchangeable feelings of hopelessness, irritability, frustration, anger, worthlessness, and guilt. The feeling of low self-esteem can be evident in the child’s fixation on past failures or self-blame. With a bleak or grim outlook on the future, a depressed teen needs reassurance.

The behavioral changes to watch out for can include loss of appetite, leading to weight loss, tiredness, lack of energy, and slow movement, speaking, and thinking. There can also be a tendency to neglect their physical appearance and to avoid socializing, including family and friends. Angry outbursts can be accompanied by risky behaviors, including self-harm.

The symptoms of teen depression are not likely to get better on their own. In fact, they may get worse or lead to other problems if not treated. Counseling teens who are at risk for depression is greatly beneficial to resolve these issues.


Getting the Help Your Teen Needs

Adolescents need the support and guidance of adults, especially in understanding the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing during this stage. If the changes are disrupting your child’s normal functioning, it may be an indication of a serious emotional or psychological condition that needs professional intervention.

Unlike an adult who has the ability to get treatment on their own, your teen child is dependent on elders like you to recognize their difficulties and get the assistance they need. It is critical to spot the symptoms of depression so that effective treatment can be sought to help your teen feel better and lead a normal life.

At Carolina Counseling Services — Pittsboro, NC, there are independently contracted counselors who specialize in helping teens recover from depression. When you make a call to request an appointment, your teen will be matched with the right-fit counselor, offering a safe, encouraging environment for learning the skills to manage the symptoms before they take away the pleasant teenage years your child should be enjoying. Get your child’s treatment started by making a call now.


Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Chatham, Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, Wake, NC
Areas: Pittsboro NC, Gulf NC, Hickory Mountain NC, Hadley NC, Siler City NC, Wilsonville NC, Fearrington NC, Mandale NC, Bear Creek NC, Albright NC
Zip Codes: 27312, 27344, 27207, 27228, 27256, 27559


Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 9+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families. PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Family, couples and marriage counseling.
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68 Fayetteville St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312