Depression is a disease that can take the joy from your teen's life. Your teen may seem unhappy all the time and find no pleasure in things he or she used to enjoy. You may notice that your teen withdraws and no longer enjoys school or friends. Your teen may sleep more or less than usual. He or she may lose or gain weight. Teens with severe depression may see or hear things that aren't there (hallucinations). Or they may believe things that aren't true (delusions).
Neither you nor your teen should feel embarrassed or ashamed about depression. It's a common disease. Depression is caused by changes in the natural chemicals in the brain. It's not a character flaw. And it does not mean that your teen is a bad or weak person.
Depression can be treated. Your teen can get better. Medicines, counselling, and self-care can all help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your teen's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your teen is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your teen's test results and keep a list of the medicines your teen takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your teen may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your teen's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Brent, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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