Teenage Depression Quiz | Check if your teenager child has Teen DepressionTweet
Find out if your teen is at risk and how you can help
When teen depression is suspected, the doctor will typically do these exams and tests.
If you're unsure if your teen is depressed or just "being a teenager," consider how long the symptoms have been going on, how severe they are, and how different your teen is acting from his or her usual self. Hormones and stress can explain the occasional bout of teenage angst—but not continuous and unrelenting unhappiness, lethargy, or irritability.
Treatment of Teen Depression
Treatment depends on the type and severity of your teenager's depression symptoms. A combination of talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication can be very effective for most teens with depression.
If your teen has severe depression or is in danger of self-harm, he or she may need a hospital stay or may need to participate in an outpatient treatment program until symptoms improve.