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Everyone feels sad now and then, but it may be depression if a person is sad most of the time and it’s significantly impacting their relationships, occupations, grades or attendance, and/or controlling their behavior.
What is adolescent depression? What does it look like?
Adolescents are going through a number of developmental changes and it is not unusual for moods to be up and down and unpredictable, but these episodes should be short lived. Approximately 4% of adolescents experience serious depression. Depression can affect one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior and overall health. There is no single cause of depression. Stressful and discouraging situations naturally overwhelm and have the potential to become serious. Some examples of symptoms to watch closely for are:
Having depression doesn’t mean that a person is weak or a failure or isn’t really trying. It means that they need support. Most youth with depression can be helped by counselling.
~ discovering balance and positive personal change ~
At Perspectives Counselling & Psychological Services, we believe the most effective mechanisms for change are through education, the therapeutic relationship and hope.
The entire therapeutic process is an educational experience. Individuals learn their own contribution to the present situation, enabling them to recognize their own power and ability to produce change.
Change is contagious and once adaptive behaviors are identified, labeled and positively reinforced, they can often trigger more change.