In teen girls it double.
Youth depression is on the rise. When you think of “depression,” what comes to mind? Being sad? Well, you’re partly right; an intense and prolonged feeling of sadness is one symptoms of clinical depression, but it’s not as simple as that. “When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”― Fiona Apple.
Teens girls are diagnosis with Clinical depression, also called major depressive disorder. A serious condition that is due to a chemical imbalance. It can cause lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities. Causes trouble sleeping, loss of appetite and thoughts of suicide.
Depression in Girls.
These symptoms would cause for alarm by any parent. It is understandable you would be concerned. If you suddenly found out your child diagnosed with mental illness. After all, it’s not like your child gets a rash or fever or anything like that; it’s invisible. Meaning it’s behavioral. Rather than physiological indicators. And so, it can go without detection for a long time.
Sadly, girls are especially susceptible. According to one study, “At age 14, when children reported their own symptoms, 24% of girls and 9% of boys were suffering from high symptoms of depression.”Why? Well, there are a few theories. It’s said that girls tend to be more sensitive to the distress of others, and affected by peer relationships. They are also more introspective, and less likely to use humor or other coping mechanisms to deal with such emotional stressors.
Social media’s impact on body image, and school-related stress are also possible factors. Don’t worry, though; if your child is diagnosed with clinical depression. It’s not the end of the world. As a medical condition, it can be treated. Antidepressants, non-addictive medication, may be prescribed to help bring things back into balance, and “talk therapy” is often a big help.
Teen depression what to do?
Remember the saying prevention is better than cure. Educate yourself by learning the signs and symptoms of teenage depression. A simple basic online course can give you the confidence. How to deal with depression in your child. You will be able to tell the difference a normal teenager verse the abnormal.
Our school system needs to place more importance on the mental health of our children, not just on their grades. And families should do their best to ensure that their homes are safe spaces where children, especially girls, feel safe to openly discuss their thoughts and feelings, and have trusted loved ones that can help them find healthy ways to deal with issues they are having before they start to impact the inner workings of their brains in unhealthy ways. Depression in our girls, can be dealt with. It’s a fight we can win. Together