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Depression Is On The Rise In Teens: Is Your Son Struggling With Depression?

Depression Is On The Rise In Teens: Is Your Son Struggling With Depression?

Since 2007, the numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal thoughts, and days absent from school out of fear of violence or bullying has increased. This is rather alarming. We seem to be living in a transitional period of what is trending among adolescents. And sadly, depression is the new black. The percentage of students engaging in sexual activity and drug use is going down, while depression is on the rise.

As a parent, it can seem difficult to keep up with the ever-changing youth population. But it’s important that you try. Do your research and understand where your child sits at risk of fitting into the facts. And if you think they are part of the startling statistic, get them the help they need.

Smartphones Can Start the Downward Spiral

Teens are spending less time with their friends in person and more time communicating electronically. Teens rarely let their smartphones leave their hands. The Pew Center found that the percentage of Americans owning a smartphone passed 50 percent in late 2012. This was about the time that smartphones launched as a hot commodity among adolescents. This was also around the time that social media became a must for teens.

Smartphones and social media have had a significant impact on the way that teens navigate their lives today. It has changed the way they view themselves and the world around them. While we constantly hear of the amazing and advanced things technology can do, we don’t often consider the negative effects it can have on those we love most.

Know the Signs

You should continuously keep in check with your teen and their well-being. Depression does not discriminate. It can creep into your son’s life unannounced and unwelcomed. It’s important that you identify potential signs of depression in your child immediately, talk to them, and then get them the help they need. These are some signs of depression in teens:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Poor school performance
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Equinox RTC Can Help

Equinox is a residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18 who struggle with depression. The program provides a relationship based and principle based level of intervention. Students will experience both positive and negative outcomes which will help them better learn how to navigate themselves in the real world.  There is also a focus on social and emotional awareness within the community. Students leave this program with a new sense of confidence and the skills they need to live happy, healthy lives.

Contact us at 877-279-8925.