Signs Your Teen Is Depressed

How can you tell when someone has depression? Surprisingly, there are more people suffering from depression today than ever before and a large portion of the numbers is teens. “The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize.” says psychologist Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. You wouldn’t think teenagers would be depressed but there are lots of social factors that cause them to become depressed. However, for many parents, they do not know the signs and struggle to differentiate between a moody teen and depression. So, what are the signs of depression in a teen? Read more here!

Not Wanting To Talk To Anyone

Everyone can be moody from time to time and say they don’t want to talk to people but there are differences and you will notice them. When someone becomes very quiet or withdrawn all of a sudden and not making an effort to join the conversation, that’s an indication of some problems. Some who are depressed don’t want to talk at all and that should become very noticeable within a matter of hours. Now, people can have off-days but if you notice this goes on for a few days there may be something wrong. “If you’re depressed, you need to fight the urge to avoid friends and sit around,” coach and wellness expert Susan Biali Haas M.D. says. Continue reading “Signs Your Teen Is Depressed” »

Anxiety In Teens and Young Adults

“Anxiety is a reaction to a situation we perceive as stressful or dangerous.” says licensed clinical psychologist  Monique Reynolds, Ph.D

Teens and young adults face anxiety more so than ever before. There are now millions of young people dealing with some sort of anxiety on a day-to-day basis and for many of them, they struggle to cope. You cannot blame people as to why they feel very anxious about daily life as the pressures are growing. For some, they deal with their anxieties by locking themselves away in a house all day long and pretending to be lazy and ‘a normal teen or young adult’ but, in truth, that’s not always the reason behind it. Why is there such a surge in anxiety in young people today?

Life As We Know It

Why are so many teens and young adults plagued with anxiety problems? In all honesty, it’s down to modern life. Life is never easy but there are so many pressures on teenagers and indeed young adults. Modern life brings about lots of new challenges and for the most part, they’re hard to cope with. There are pressures on young girls to look good and if a young woman tries her best to become a size zero with the perfect look but she isn’t happy with the results, it can lead to anxiety. Young men are also becoming more perfectionist-like with lots of pressure on them to become almost male models with perfect looks. Those are only two very small examples but there are lots more and it’s really all contributing to anxiety in teens and young adults.

“These days it seems like worry and overwhelm are just normal. You’ve just gotten so accustomed to juggling it all – but inside you’re afraid you’re about to drop everything.” says Elizabeth Cush, LCPC.

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