Depression usually travels with company. When teens are diagnosed with depression, most times they are also assessed for other mental or physical illnesses. Many studies have concluded that in order for a teen’s depression to be successfully treated, they should be screened for other illnesses and treated for these illnesses, too.
It would be nice and simple to tell a parent that their teen suffered from depression and that one little pill will fix it all, but most of the time it is not that simple. For some this may be all they need, but for many others there are underlying problems that need to be addressed in order for the teen to completely heal.
How Even Witnessing Traumatic Events Can Cause Depression
Those who have experienced trauma, have anxiety disorders, or suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also often suffer from depression. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that over 40 percent of people who suffered trauma have depression symptoms about four months after their traumatic experience. Episodes like being involved in or witnessing a violent act, a tragic accident, or a crime can weigh heavily on a person and pull them into depression.
Common Mental And Medical Illnesses That Coincide With Depression And How They Can Affect Teens Mentally And Physically
Those individuals with disorders like anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, and social phobia also have depression 25 to 75 percent of the time. For those teens who suffer from ADHD, 30 to 40 percent of them also have depression symptoms.
Having a medical illness can also affect teens mentally. When their body doesn’t work the way it used to or doesn’t work the way their friends’ bodies do, teens can become withdrawn, feel hopeless and helpless, and lose their energy or interest in things they used to like doing.
Thirty-five percent of teens who suffer from medical illnesses may experience depression. Conditions like obesity, HIV, AIDS, diabetes, chronic pain, and epilepsy are some of the medical illnesses that co-occur with depression symptoms. Their depression symptoms may further cause them to be sleepless, over-eat, lose energy, be irritable, and even have thoughts of suicide.
Treating Depressed Teens Wholly With Combination Treatment
In order for teens to wholly heal they need to be treated wholly. A combination of psychotherapy, medication, and education is a usual plan to help control the multiple mental illnesses or combination of mental and medical illness.
This combination therapy can help teens regain their self-esteem and empower them with coping strategies when their illness becomes difficult. The therapy also recognizes the multiple difficulties that the teen must overcome in order to heal.
With the age of connecting with anyone and everyone with the help of technology, teens also benefit from support groups that include other teens who are going through the same struggles. With strategies of support for themselves, support from doctors and parents, and support groups of peers, teens can peel away the layers of medical and mental illness and find themselves again.
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