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How To Treat Teen Depressive Episodes


It is not strange for teenagers to feel ‘down in the dumps’ every once in a while. Moreover, with several changes in physical, emotional, social, psychological and social aspects of teenagers, it is pretty likely that teenagers would feel depression. According to statistics, 4 out of 10 teens get seriously depressed every year. However, among the 4% of teens who are affected, girls suffer twice as the rate of boys. It is hard to identify whether your teens are affected by depression or not because some changes are normal to teenagers. Nonetheless, problem may arise when hopelessness, isolation, hatred and despair takes much time than the usual.

Types of Teen Depression:
1) Major depression – involves severe and long lasting mood problems like prolong sadness. These problems get in the way of an individual's functioning.
2) Bipolar disorder – this is also called the manic-depressive illness.
3) Unipolar disorder – involves a lowered mood, which may vary throughout the day. There is a big distinction between this disorder and just being unhappy.
4) Cyclothymic disorder – a mild form of manic depression
5) Dysthymic Disorder – a mild type of depression. It does not disable the functionality of a person.
6) Manic depression – characterized by rapid moods shifts. This emotional disorder creates high rate of suicidal attempts.
7) Psychotic depression – includes visual and auditory hallucinations, delusional thinking. Victims of major depression may also suffer psychotic depression. Moreover, those who are suffering from this depression must be treated immediately so as not to create greater dangers.

Factors Affecting Teen Depression:
Family factor
Due to a hostile and melancholic environment in home created depressed parents, teen depression may occur. Thus, environment increase the vulnerability of teens to depression.

Gender Factor
It is seen that teenage girls are more susceptible to depression because they are more socially oriented, active and dependent on relationships, hence the more vulnerable.

Biological Factor
Hypothalamus functions play an important role in teen depression. It is responsible for some of the core symptoms of depression like changes in appetite and sleeping habits.

Cognitive Factor
Negative mindset of teenagers, also known as pessimistic attribution bias, is responsible for personal blame in cases of negative situations.

Teens refuse depression treatments because they think that living with depression along is a manifestation of weakness. Moreover, parents can help their teens by encouraging and motivating them to have positive outlook in life. This will contribute not only to their physical well being but to emotional well being as well. Definitely, depression is treatable. The standard treatment includes the combination of antidepressant medication and therapy. Alternate treatments can also be had to augment standard treatment. Moreover, bear in mind that doctor’s diagnosis and guidance is necessary.

Natural and alternative treatments such as yoga or exercise, meditation, Clarocet NRI, aromatherapy, vitamins and balanced diet can also boost spontaneous recovery.