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Depression as a Teen Issue

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Depression as a Teen Issue

There is no specific profile for depression. Teenagers experiencing symptoms of depression do not have to be abused children, they don’t have to be experiencing chronic illness or have experienced traumatic disruptions in the family. There does not have to be a family history of depression, alcoholism or even drug addiction. Unfortunately, it is often believed that in order to experience depression you may have to fit one of these profiles and unfortunately this can cause many teens to experience undetected depression.

It can be understandable that when you read about teens committing serious offenses or harming themselves because they are depressed, you become worried. You may be worried that there is more to your child’s misdemeanors in the school and their antisocial behavior at home. It may be possible that these behaviors are not just part of “being teen”. When you find yourself with such concerns it may be beneficial to seek professional help.

The Alarming Statistics

Several sources – Reports of the Surgeon General, Kidshealth, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, WebMD, etc. – confirm that depression is the most prevalent psychological condition in the United States among teens. In fact, approximately 20 percent of the American adolescents are said to experience symptoms of depression before reaching adulthood.

According to a 12-month study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (2012) on major depressive episodes among American adolescents, an average of 9.1 percent of the population has experienced depression. This figure can be translated into 2.2 million teens between 12 and 17 years old. Depression has been found to be more common among teenage females than males (13.7 percent compared to 4.7 percent teen males) and teens aged 15 and 16, both male and female, are estimated at 11.8 percent.

The Warning Signs

Each child is unique and may experience depression in their own way. Symptoms to be mindful of can include; appetite changes, sleep disturbance, loss of interest in activities your teen once enjoyed, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty focusing, difficulty with decision making, negative views of self and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Your teen may share these symptoms or you may observe these changes. Knowledge is power and knowing what to be mindful of can arm you in the battle against your teen’s depression.

The Consequences: Untreated Teen Depression

The immediate outlook and prognosis for depressed teens can be grim. An adolescent struggling with depression is said to be at higher risk for other social, health and psychological problems. For instance, if your teen is experiencing depressive symptoms they may be more vulnerable to developing substance abuse issues. When individuals are under the influence of substances they may also be more likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors such as self-harming behaviors and other risk taking behaviors.

If your teen’s depressive symptoms are not identified and proper diagnosis and treatment are not provide they may struggle in reaching their full potential. Self-destructive and risk taking behaviors may cause them to become entangled in a complicated life that may be difficult to escape.

When in Doubt, Intervene

While it may not be unusual for your teen to behave in “unusual ways”, it may not be wise to trivialize the signs and symptoms of depression that they may be exhibiting. If your teen is exhibiting any of the above mentioned behaviors or symptoms it can be important to know what these signs may possibly indicate. If your teen manifests several of these symptoms longer than usual (two weeks or more), it may be beneficial to seek help right away.

Licensed, independently contracted therapists can help you learn more about the signs and symptoms of teen depression. An expert in teen depression can conduct an assessment to assess your teen’s symptoms and recommend the most affective mode of treatment. The power to intervene is in your hands; call  Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC today.

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Serving Areas:Carolina Counseling Services  – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

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Carolina Counseling Services - Southern Pines, NC
780 NW Broad St. Suite 210
Southern Pines, NC 28387

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  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, NCHC and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) 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
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare,Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, NCHC, Medicare Tricare Select and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC