Teenage depression is a mental health disorder marked by persistent sadness, discouragement, loss of self-worth, and loss of interest in usual activities.
Depression can be a temporary response to a multitude of situations and stressors. It is difficult to diagnose a teen with depression as altering moods are natural to maturation, the influence of sex hormones, and independence conflicts.
It can also be caused by the sudden death of a friend or relative, a breakup with a significant other, or even a failure at school. Adolescents with low self-esteem are particularly at risk for teen depression, especially when they experience something stressful.
If you believe your teen shows signs of depression, contact Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center at 954-734-2001 to schedule a no-cost assessment. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.