If your teen is experiencing depression, it is likely the first time they have dealt with the overwhelming sensations that come with both situational and clinical depression. One of the ways you can help your child is by helping them recognize the difference between situational depression and clinical depression and understand their form of depression, as the treatment for these two types of depression vary.
Recognizing Situational Depression
Unlike clinical depression, doctors and psychologists have identified that situational depression is generally linked to large changes in a person’s life. Also sometimes called adjustment disorder, for teens some of these traumatic changes come in these forms:
Depression Symptoms for Situational and Clinical Depression
An important thing for you as the parent to keep in mind is that though situational depression isn’t a permanent disorder, the symptoms your teen is experiencing are real and genuinely impact them. Symptoms of depression (both clinical and situational) are:
Managing Situational Depression
It is a fine balance between letting your child know that their depression is temporary and making them feel like you don’t take them seriously. So while situational depression will generally go away over time, your teen will need help managing their feelings until it goes away. Let them know and see that you are there for them and take their struggles seriously. There are several ways you can work with your teen:
Managing Clinical Depression
Although it is unclear just where clinical depression comes from, most doctors link it to a complex relationship between genetic factors, brain chemistry, and social factors. It is clear that it is not temporary and you will have to play a major part in helping your teen learn to live with their clinical depression. While you can and should implement the strategies in managing situational depression with your clinically depressed teen, you will need to take additional steps.
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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living.
More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don't get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychological counseling or both.