teen depression therapy

What Depression Looks Like in Teens:

  • Frequent crying spells
  • Changes in sleep: Sleeping a lot or not that much
  • Changes in appetite: overeating or not eating very much
  • Less energy than usual
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased irritability
  • Feeling sad, down, or blue
  • Having little or no interest in things or activities that they used to like.
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, and/or worthless
  • Physical complaints, like stomach aches, headaches, etc
  • Social withdrawal
  • Academic difficulties, like lower grades
  • Thoughts about death or suicide, engaging in self-harming behaviors, like cutting.

You may have read that list and thought, “you just described every teenager that exists.” Yes, it typical for teens to experience most of these symptoms every once in awhile. So what is the difference between typical teen moodiness versus true depression?  Your teen may be suffering from depression if they are experiencing a combination of these issues, fairly constantly, over a period of time.

Depression Myths Dispelled:

People often think something bad or sad has to happen to a teen in order for them to be depressed.  Not so.  While we do not know the direct cause of depression, there are a number of factors that could contribute to depression, such as stress, genetics, environment, family history, and biochemical unbalance.  So, a teen can be depressed even if everything in their life seems fine.

What Can We Do?

While we don’t know exactly what causes depression, we do know that therapy can help!  We can work with you and your teen to learn strategies for managing depression and getting your teen to feel more like themselves again!  If you feel as though your teen may be struggling with depression, please call our appointment line and schedule an appointment now.

To Schedule an Appointment Please Call or Fill Out The Form Below.

Integrated Care Clinic
33 6th Street South, Suite 200 Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 490-8811
(727) 502-2005