Teens and Depression

Teens and Depression

Belinda Palacios of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch talks about signs to look for and how to take action.
With the recent news about Robin Williams' depression, dealing with the disease is making headlines. Today, Belinda Palacios has some signs to look out for-- particularly when we're talking about teens.

Getting the blues and being sad is different from clinical depression. Depression is fueled by brain chemistry; it creates unclear thinking and cognitive distortions of hopelessness, feeling alone and feeling like there's no way out. It can be situational or episodic. 20% of teens experience depression by adulthood.

All those depressed not suicidal but all those suicidal are depressed. Boys are less likely than girls to seek help.

Celebrities with depression; Robin Williams, Rick Springfield, Sheryl Crow and Ashley Judd to name a few. 

Risk Factors 
- Previous Depressive Episode
- Trauma
- Family History

Symptoms of Depression
- Withdrawl
- Small Social Circle
- Trouble at School
- Risky Behavior
- Irritable & Aggressive
- Change in Sleep & Eating
 
If untreated, depression is the number one cause of suicide, and the 3rd leading cause of death in teens. 

Depression can be treated.  
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