Understanding and communicating with your teenager can feel like a veritable minefield. Teens are frequently closed off and moody so determining what is normal teen behavior and what could be signs of depression can be challenging. It may be easy to dismiss certain behaviors as “typical teen behavior” but the startling reality is that depression is prevalent among teenagers and should be vigilantly watched for by parents. The National Institute of Mental Health elaborates on just how prevalent depression amongst teenagers is, “In 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 12.5% of the U.S. population aged 12 to 17.”
Everyone can experience symptoms of depression from time to time but one of the best ways that you can spot symptoms of depression is through open communication with your child. However, we fully recognize that many teens do not know how to or want to express their emotions and feelings, particularly with their parents. Though your teen may not want to have a long conversation about emotions and feelings (but never underestimate that they might want to!), there are other symptoms to watch for:
These are many but not all of the symptoms of depression but it clearly shows that many common symptoms could be depression or some other health concern. It is for this reason that if you are noticing your teen is experiencing these symptoms, you should take them to see their physician right away. It will allow you to rule out whether or not something else is going on with their health. Once you know this, you can begin to examine and discuss why your teen might be experiencing these symptoms and whether or not they are depressed. It is important to not just see their physician but a certified behavioral counselor as well. Seek a behavioral counselor, such as Diebold Behavioral Counseling, that is experienced in teenager depression counseling. Potential treatment may include cognitive behavioral therapy, learning of coping techniques, and prescription medication. An experienced depression counselor will be able to assist you and your teen in becoming equipped with the tools you need to overcome teenager depression.
It literally took an Act of God to get me to counseling. I was really scared and didn’t really trust that any counselor could help. I’m so glad I made myself seek help. It’s made a world of difference.- Charlie F.
I’ve thought about calling you almost every month I’ve picked up a chip. I haven’t had a drink since the night before I first came to see you…I remember sitting there with nothing but defeat and telling you I had no faith that it would be different “this time.” You told me it already was– that it was written all over my face…I hope you are well and thank you again for the boost and redirect you gave me.- D.M.
I had an issue with painkillers (opiates). What started as a lower back injury from working out turned into an addiction to vicodin and percocet..I’m proud to say, after months of counseling with DJ I am clean and sober and love my life again… If you need help with addiction, or are scared to talk with your family and friends, I strongly suggest you contact Diebold Behavioral Counseling. DJ Rocks!!!- Beth K.
Finally after seeing multiple counselors and at the end of my rope, I met someone who was able to get through to me. After a lifetime of off and on alcohol abuse and multiple DUIs, DJ helped me get my life back, emotionally, spiritually and physically as well as my personal and professional life and relationships. In my opinion, DJ is a true lifesaver!- Patrick P.