Frequent Questions and Concerns about Depression and Suicide
What’s the difference between normal moodiness and depression?
This is what can make it difficult to discern if a teenager is clinically depressed. Some teenagers are more moody than others, yet aren’t depressed. Other kids who express anger more than sadness may suffer from depression. For some teens who struggle with depression, you may see them getting involved in alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. This is what experts called “masking the symptoms.” The American Academy of Pediatrics has a helpful article at About Teen Depression. If you’re not sure whether or not your child is depressed, seek a professional. Your child’s medical doctor is an ideal place to start.
Why is medication important in treating depression?
Clinical depression is a biochemical imbalance in the brain. Psychotherapy can be very helpful, but it cannot change brain chemistry. Antidepressants can help to restore the brain’s chemistry so that it functions better. Unfortunately, finding the correct antidepressant and the correct dosage can take awhile since everyone is different and some wonder how these medications affect young people. If you’re not sure whether it’s a good idea for kids to be taking antidepressants, read “Newer Antidepressants Led To Less, Not More, Teen Suicides” from Science Daily.
Can depression be cured?
Depression is treatable, but depression cannot be cured. Kids who have been diagnosed with clinical depression may discover that their depression is episodic in nature. Many learn ways to live and manage their depression and to avoid certain situations that feed their depression. This varies from person to person, which is why it’s critical for kids with depression to receive professional help.