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Helping Your Teenager with Depression

While Depression can happen to anyone at any time in life, when it occurs in teenagers, the symptoms can be different from those exhibited in adults. First of all, depression is a serious mental health condition and should always be taken seriously. If your teenager is exhibiting sadness or isolation, and ceases to have an interest in activities that were once enjoyable…consider the presence of Depression. It is important to be able to recognize the early symptoms of Depression and know when to seek help.

TEENAGE DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS

Depression can influence how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, leading to problems such as poor performance in school, disturbances in their emotional well-being, or separation from their friends and parents. It can also cause physical complications such as anxiety related illness, weight loss or gain, sleeping too much or too little. A Depressed teen may try to self-medicate by turning to alcohol or drugs.

Learning how to identify the signs of Clinical Depression in your teen and accepting that you cannot just dismiss the depression behavior is step one. The second step is finding a plan to help your teenager overcome depression. Keeping an open line of communication is essential to identifying what may be normal “moody” teen behavior as opposed to Depression.

SOME OF THE WARNING SIGNS OF DEPRESSION IN TEENS:

  • Crying spells for no discernable reason
  • Exhibiting hopelessness or despair
  • Irritability, anger or rage over small issues
  • Loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable activities or in spending time with their friends
  • Low self-esteem and being self-critical
  • Speaking or thinking of death or suicide
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • “Acting out” with bad behavior or self-harm

See a doctor or talk to a school counselor for guidance when these symptoms are an on-going concern, escalate or cause problems in your teen’s life.

TEEN DEPRESSION TREATMENT

Psychological therapy and medication are the first courses of action, but when medication fails, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a proven, FDA approved method of treating Depression, both in teenagers and adults.

DEPRESSION AND TMS THERAPY | DALLAS, TX

Uniquely customized on a per patient basis, TMS Therapy is a painless, non-invasive procedure. The patient remains alert and awake throughout the entire session. A typical initial treatment consists of several treatments per week over a 7 week period. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment does not circulate in the blood stream, but uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate the part of the brain involved in mood regulation.

Clinical studies have proven that TMS Therapy is effective in around 75% of patients therefore, making it twice as beneficial as antidepressant medications. Half of those who respond to the treatment see significant improvement within the first four weeks.

Schedule a consultation regarding treatment and financing options. TMS Neuro Solutions is located in Dallas, TX and has many locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Start by calling us at (214) 880-8778.