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Detecting signs of depression among teenagers

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2022 | Juvenile offenses |

Depression is a type of health condition that can take a significant toll on one’s life and teens who struggle with mental health concerns might not know how best to manage the challenges involved. Studies indicate that similar issues may cause youthful individuals to exhibit behaviors that may create problems at school or home or increase their likelihood of taking part in unlawful activities. Knowing how to tell if a youth might be dealing with issues such as depression could help parents better prepare to seek advice on available resources to pursue the help required and protect the well-being of their kids.

The signs

Studies indicate that teens who struggle with depression may exhibit a variety of emotional changes, including bouts of sadness and hopelessness or issues with anger and frustration. Mental health concerns could also cause youths to experience a sudden loss of interest in hobbies or social activities or lead to issues with low self-esteem. In some cases, similar issues may even lead to issues with memory or concentration or cause teens to develop a grim look of life in general.

Teens who struggle with depression may also experience various behavioral changes, such as a sudden lack of energy or disrupted sleep patterns. Disrupting thought processes and a preference for social isolation may also be warning signs of mental health concerns among youths. Studies also indicate that teens who encounter similar health concerns may be more susceptible to experimenting with alcohol or drugs, and they might not understand that this could only make things worse.

Seeking help

Depression continues to affect the lives of many youthful individuals and the decisions they make when struggling with similar issues could have a lingering impact on their lives. When these decisions leave youths facing legal concerns, parents in Washington may be left in search of advice on how best to address the situation. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a parent with guidance on the available options, help create a strategy to protect the future of his or her child and offer insight on available outlets through which to seek treatment for mental health concerns.