Boys, Girls, Don't Experience Depression Equally in Adolescence
- Change in mood: Depression is commonly characterized through displays of low mood and low energy, like sadness, lethargy and a lack of motivation. Few parents are aware that depression can also be demonstrated through the opposite. Any significant change in mood which differs drastically from the norm could be a sign of trying to cope with the overwhelming emotions of depression.
- Change in appetite: Depression can lead to bingeing on food to cope with emotions. Depression can also lead to a lack of appetite. When other changes are highly noticeable, the change in appetite can be one of the last things to change. Depression and a lack of appetite can lead to severe weight loss. Overeating in depression can lead to weight gain. For teenagers, a fluctuation in weight, coupled with the common low self-esteem experienced in depression, can lead to the development of eating disorders. It can also contribute to seeking out refuge in substances, which can also lead to weight changes.
- Social isolation: Teens and adolescents are social beings. Social isolation is a sign that they are losing their connection to themselves and to their peers. Feelings like being unable to connect, having nothing in common with others or experiencing shame and guilt for having emotional experiences like depression are common.
Depression in adolescence can be treated. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers residential treatment programs for adolescent boys. Our programs create comprehensive and customized care for each patient based on their unique needs. For information, call us today and learn how to get started.