Pre-teen Depression: Is it Real?
September 27, 2015
We associate depression and its debilitating effects with adulthood but the fact is, depression strikes in the pre-teen years as well. Given the challenges that already face pre-adolescence, an onset of depression can be particularly devastating. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast behavioral health expert Dr. Richard Idell answers questions about pre-teen depression.
- We don' t usually associate depression with children. So how real is depression among pre-teens?
- Sometimes the issues faced by pre-teens may seem insignificant to adults. What is the reality from the young person's perspective?
- How can we identify when a pre-teen is suffering from depression?
- Are there varying degrees of depression? And please explain the impact that depression can have on a pre-teen.
- We hear stories of kids cutting themselves, pulling out their own hair or otherwise self-injuring. Are these signs of depression?
- Is bullying a major cause of pre-teen depression? How can parents tell if their child is a victim?
- What are the most common signs and symptoms of depression among pre-teens?
- How do you treat depression in a patient so young?
- Do children with untreated depression grow to be depressed adults? Is it harder for someone to overcome depression if it goes untreated for many years?
- What can parents, family members and friends do to help support a pre-teen who is fighting depression?
- When should a parent seek treatment for a pre-teen who is exhibiting signs of depression?