Between 2009 and 2021, the percentage of high school students experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness rose from 26 to 44 percent, an all-time high. It is a very difficult time for teenagers who feel more adrift in the world than ever before. However, the signs of depression in teens are not always obvious—it can be hard for parents to know when their children are suffering, and how to support them in getting the help they need. Because the symptoms of mental health issues often look a lot like the typical mood swings and irritability encountered during adolescence, it’s extremely important to understand how the symptoms of depression contrast with normal teenage emotions and behavior.
Here are a few common signs of depression in teens to look out for:
- Irritability and annoyance
- Fixation on past failures
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Tiredness and excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Social isolation
Essentially, any emotional changes or fluctuations in behavior are a good indication that something is not right with your child. Although many of the above symptoms may also be part of the typical ups and downs of being young, when they start to overwhelm your child, then it is probably time to take action. Mental health in adolescence is, in the best of times, a precarious balance. Nowadays, however, it is increasingly in a state of crisis.
If you feel like your child is suffering from depression, it is important to see a doctor specifically trained in teenage mental health. There are several solutions that your doctor may suggest, including talk therapy and medication. Another effective option for treating depression is ketamine therapy.
Contact Tahoe Ketamine
At Tahoe Ketamine, we offer ketamine infusions for the treatment of depression, which are proven to effectively alleviate symptoms for up to 70 percent of our patients, including those with severe cases of treatment-resistant depression.
Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule your appointment.