Depression is an abnormal psychological behavioral pattern, leading to unpleasant feelings, and uselessness of one’s self. Depression has sign and symptoms and childhood and teen depression is a real problem clinically. This is one of the most alarming facts to come from all the research studies; depression is affecting younger and younger people - adolescents and teenagers. It leads to awful discouragement, and a loss of self-worth and interest in their everyday activities.
Every case is significantly different from others; teenagers having depression clinically are known to take everything negatively.
Some or all of these symptoms of depression may be present in cases clinically:
- Change in meal habits.
- Problems with ability to concentrate
- Inability of decisions making
- Memory loss
- Fatigued, restless, and irritable mode
- Self-worthless, hopeless, sad or self-hatred feelings
- Loss of interest in regularly enjoyed activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Trouble sleeping/ over sleeping
- Avoiding general public
The first medication given in a case of a clinically depressed teen is usually a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs. SSRIs are the major drugs approved for treating depression in teens and adults. They are known for raising the risk of suicidal tendencies. But doctors are still prescribing SSRIs and other antidepressants to adults with depression. Important side effects are to be observed in those taking any kind of antidepressant medicines include: Anyone who may take these medications should be followed up regularly by the doctor. Parents or caregivers should watch for suicidal behaviors. Nervousness, irritability, moodiness, or sleeplessness should not be ignored and medical help is to be sought right away. No one should stop taking medications themselves. Get the most suitable antidepressant according to patients’ age.
Almost all patients with depression are known to have benefitted from some sort of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a venue to talk about their feelings and concerns, and to learn ways to deal with them with the help of others’ experiences. The types are Cognitive-behavioral therapy which teaches a depressed person how to fight negative thoughts by making him/her more aware of the symptoms, and know about the cause of making their depression worse, and help them acquire skills so they can fight their problems by distracting their selves. Family therapy is known to show significant help clinically specially if family conflicts are reason of the depression. Similar to this, support from teachers may help with school problems. Talk therapy /psychotherapy helps in understanding issues that are causing the depression. You can ask your doctor for recommendations and guidelines. Sometimes people with severe depression or those who are suicidal can be hospitalized for treatment process.
Tips and comments
- Take medications as ordered by the doctor.
- Have a regular check on side effects of treatment.
- If depression gets worse, contact your doctor.
- Try new activities that you may enjoy more.
- Hide poisons or other ammunition present in home.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Family must not leave them totally alone.
- While fighting depression, talk to your friends and family more often.