Mental health conditions can occur at any age — adults aren’t the only ones who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. In fact, 13.3% of children in the U.S. aged 12 to 17 have had at least one major depressive episode, and 4.4 million children in the U.S. aged three to 17 have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
Clearly, anxiety and depression in teens and children are not uncommon. However, children and adolescents who are experiencing the symptoms may not understand what’s happening and may be embarrassed or afraid to ask for help.
In this blog, we will discuss the symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and teens and what their options for treatment are.
Clinical depression is a severe form of depression, causing more severe symptoms than situational depression, which may be caused by grief, or depression caused by another medical condition such as a hormone imbalance or thyroid disorder. So if your child is experiencing the symptoms of clinical depression, it’s not your fault, and you can help them feel better.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Teens and Children
The first step towards helping your child who is experiencing depression is to recognize the symptoms. There are many signs of depression in children and teens, including:
If you notice these behaviors in your child, consider talking to their doctor about what your options for treatment are.
While anyone can experience anxiety from time to time, some people experience it constantly. An anxiety disorder can make day-to-day living harder than it should be. Anxiety can affect how a person behaves or deals with emotions; it can also cause physical symptoms like G.I. issues, rashes, and other ailments. Anxiety typically starts at an early age, so it’s important to recognize the signs in your young children.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety in Teens and Children
There are plenty of warning signs that may help you determine whether your child is struggling with the symptoms of anxiety:
The symptoms of depression and anxiety can be similar. Interestingly enough, 73.8% of children diagnosed with depression also have anxiety. Another common condition among children is ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD are also sometimes very similar to depression and anxiety, which is why it is important to pay close attention to your child’s mood and behavior and seek professional guidance from a psychiatrist.
Once you’ve recognized the signs of depression and anxiety and your child has been diagnosed, you will still need to learn how to best support them. There are many things you as a parent can do to help your child. Here are some examples:
You may find it difficult to support your child, especially if you haven’t experienced depression or anxiety yourself. So remember that you’re not alone. Your psychiatrist can provide you with resources to help your child deal with their symptoms in a healthy way. The most important thing is to love them and make sure they feel your support.
There are many treatment options for anxiety and depression in teens and children. Some of the most common treatment methods include:
If your child is struggling with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another mental condition, know that you have options. Contact us at Serenity Mental Health Centers to discuss your concerns and schedule an appointment with a qualified professional.