You or one of your family members may be, and learning the telltale signs and getting treatment early, can make a big difference in the outcome for you or your loved ones. Depression affects one in 10 Americans and is one of the most common mental health issues. Fortunately, it is also one of the most treatable. Depression left untreated can affect, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and impact one’s health. Getting help is critical and working with a therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered one of the most effective therapy treatments for depression.
Common symptoms and Indicators of Depression Include:
Women are twice as likely to experience depression than men, and are 12% more likely to experience clinical depression at some point in their lives. However, depression in men is under-diagnosed, as men often times do not seek treatment, and are reluctant to talk about their feelings. Symptoms in men look different from women, with more men reporting that they are irritable and agitated, and very tired. They may struggle with daily activities and life and have more difficulties sleeping. Men often times, are unable to identify that they are depressed. Suicide occurs in both genders, with women being more likely to attempt suicide and men more likely to die by suicide.
Depression in Children and Teens
Some common indicators of depression in teens and children include:
- Changes in Mood: Such as frequent crying spells, angry outbursts, and increased irritability, or long periods of sadness.
- Withdrawal: Spending more time isolated in their room, not involved in activities they previously enjoyed.
- Lack of motivation: Noticing a change in their level of motivation, for activities such as homework, extra-curricular or volunteering activities.
- Friendship changes: Noticing a change in friendships, such as less time interacting with friends, or finding a new group of friends, and removing or adding profiles online.
- Changes in grades: Has your child had a significant drop in grades and is not turning in school work or attending school.
- Changes in sleep or eating: Sleeping more than normal and struggling to get up and complete tasks or attend school.
- Talking about death or not wanting to bother anymore. Having a friend or classmate who is suicidal or who has harmed themselves can be an additional risk for teens.
With the support of a therapist, such as Monica Ramunda, MA LPC, RPT who specializes in CBT, you can experience relief in reducing the symptoms of depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps clients look at their thoughts and identify common errors in their perception, that perpetuate and worsen the symptoms of depression. Clients learn to find more rational, supportive thoughts in managing their overwhelming feelings.