Adolescence is a time of immense change, and often accompanied by increased mood variability. However, teens with clinical depression experience a profound and persistent sadness, and/or disturbance in interest and ability to enjoy things. Depression is different for everyone, and may present as frequent tearfulness, changes in eating or sleeping habits, irritability, hostility, poor academic performance, social withdrawal, or apathy. Depression in teens can be very painful, and impacts the entire family.
Research indicates that effective treatment for teens with depression involves an integrated approach that provides education and skills for both the teen and the family. Evidence-based treatment plans will include some combination of: individual therapy, family therapy, mindfulness training, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).