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Help! I Think My Teen Is Depressed

Help! I Think My Teen Is Depressed

Depression can be crippling, not just when it comes to mental and emotional health, but physically. It can affect every aspect of a person’s life, at school, at home, at work, and at play. If you’re worried your teen is suffering from depression, there are ways to help.

At Genesis Psychiatric Solutions, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Ifeanye Olele will meet your teen to understand their state of mind and accurately diagnose if they are suffering from depression.

Signs of depression 

Depression is a mental illness. Naturally, it has side effects on mental health. If you notice your teen is displaying some or all of the following, it is possible they are fighting depression:

Even if you haven’t been able to pin down overt mental symptoms, your teen may display a range of physical symptoms linked to depression, which could include:

When depression is untreated, it can cause a lot of health issues as the will to perform self-care slowly erodes. Depression can also increase risk of health issues like high blood pressure and/or heart disease, and can lower immune response, making it easier for illness to take hold.

Treating depressed teens 

Depression can be deadly. More than half of all teens who suffer depression will attempt suicide at least once, which is why it is so critical to make sure your teen gets help as soon as possible.

There are multiple treatment options, including talk therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.In most cases, a combination of these approaches combined with strong support for your teen will be what makes the difference in their lives.

Finding the right combination of treatments that works for your teen may take some time. Our entire team at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions is dedicated to helping you and your child find a path out of the darkness that is depression.

If you suspect your teen is struggling with depression, get in touch with us by calling the location closest to you, or request a consultation online. Our offices are in Fairfax and Alexandria, Virginia; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, California; and Boca Raton, Florida.

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