Understanding Adolescent & Teen Depression
Depression is more than just sadness or a bad day; it’s a serious mental health condition where a struggling teen shows the effects in how they feel, think, and act.
Adolescents and teens may experience behavioral health differently than adults, and understanding these differences is crucial for effective treatment.
Adolescent and teen depression often manifests as an overwhelming sense of sadness, irritability, or frustration, even over minor issues. Teenagers may also experience significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns, loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed, difficulty concentrating, decreased confidence, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
Unlike adults, who might slow down and withdraw when dealing with depression, adolescents and teens may show signs of restlessness or agitation. Their school performance may drop, and they might frequently complain about unexplained aches and pains. It’s also important to note that in teenagers, depression may surface as hostile, irritable behavior. This contrasts with adults who generally seem sad or low when experiencing depression.
At Turning Point Healing Centers, we’re trained to recognize and treat these unique symptoms, offering specialized Adolescent & Teen Residential mental health treatment in Phoenix, AZ. We provide a comforting environment where troubled teens feel seen, heard, and, most importantly, understood.