'A' to 'Z' of Mental Health
D is for Depression: At first glance depression seems to be quite obvious to recognise: low mood, crying. But what about in teenagers? Teenagers moods are often quite volatile, which is why the signs can easily be missed when they need help from a loved one the most. Symptoms of depression in teenagers may include avoiding seeing friends, appearing sad and lonely, angry, a drop in school grades, and changes in diet where they either eating more or less. Sometimes people, teenagers, may not even realise that they are depressed or know how to express these changes in feelings themselves, this is why it is important to notice and reach out if you notice any changes.
There are two main types of depression, Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia. Major Depressive Disorder is the most common and occurs when low mood is in place for months at a time. Where as Dysthymia is a milder form of depression but may last for years at a time. Since the occurrence of depression can cause a decrease in concentration and energy, this may impact on a teens schooling and friendships, which may lead to further difficulties during what is already a challenging time. Early treatment is of-course very important to help teens work with their difficult thinking patterns and prevent longer term effects of depression.
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