Depression Can Start As Young As 11, Study Finds
Depression is more than a passing phase of teenage angst- a point which cannot be emphasized enough. Hormones, mood, social changes, and an emerging identity can all be contributing factors to a demonstrative change in personality and demeanor. Chemical imbalance, poor coping skills, or even a presence of hidden substance abuse problems can also contribute to what looks like depression. Parents should not take it upon themselves to decide.
Translational Psychiatry published new research on childhood and adolescent depression. The study found that children develop depression at an age as low as eleven years old. By the age of 17, the study highlights, 13.6 percent of boyd and 36.1 percent of girls report depression. Numbers which are found in regards to gender differences in mental health always have to be questioned, however. Various other studies have strongly indicated that males, of any age, are less likely to admit their symptoms of their struggles, skewing the data on whether they are diagnosed or treated for their mental health issues. Likely, there is a large population of young boys with diagnosable depression who have never reported their experiences.
Signs Of Depression In Adolescents And Teens
Depression can be one of the most unobvious experiences of youth. Many of the symptoms of depression are common to life adjustments, life experiences, and even changing hormones. A defining characteristic of depression is a prolongment of the symptoms. Though depression is a mood disorder, mood symptoms similar to depression will be passing. Depression, as a diagnosable struggle, is chronic and unwavering. Multiple changes in multiple areas of your adolescent’s or teen’s life should also serve as a warning. Changes in mood alone may not sufficiently support a diagnosis of depression. However, there are other changes to take note of. Social, behavioral, hygienic, and disciplinary changes can all be indications of depression. Opting out of social activities, a sudden lack of passion, loss of motivation, or isolation are social changes which could be indicators of a chemical imbalance. Losing interest in favorite activities, sports, hobbies, friends, school subjects, school entirely, and other areas of life can also be a warning. If a deterrence in regular life interest involves other warning signs like sleeping, irritability, anger, changes in appearance there is a chance substance abuse could be coinciding with depression. Kids will be kids, especially when they are under the crippling weight of a mood or substance use disorder which has grown beyond their control. Check in with your loved one and in the necessary case, make an appointment with a professional.
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