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How to Cope With Teenage Depression

Teenage depression is a serious health issue that can affect anyone, but the good news is that it’s treatable. The first step is to consult a doctor, who can help you find the best treatment. The right diagnosis can greatly improve both your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, the NSDUH found that only 43.3% of teens aged 12-17 received treatment for a major depressive episode. The right treatment should address the underlying cause of the problem as well as the symptoms you see.

Teenage depression can cause some behavioral changes in a teenager that interfere with their lives and schoolwork. Symptoms of depression include difficulty concentrating, hypersomnia, and food cravings. Moreover, depression can affect the amygdala, which regulates strong emotions. If these changes are detected early, treatment may be possible, and it is possible to reverse the effects of the disease on the brain. For this reason, it’s important to identify depression early and get treatment.

If you notice that your teen has been struggling with depression, you can help them cope by learning more about the condition. There are many resources available online to help parents cope with teen depression. Many experts suggest reading books or watching video clips of teens discussing their problems. Talking to other adults is an important first step. When talking to your teenager, make sure they realize that you’re concerned and that you’re not the only one struggling with teen depression.