Depression in Teens

Depression in Teens2020-02-28T17:42:53-05:00
Teenage Depression

Depression in Teenagers

Depression is a common mental heath issue characterized by changes in mood and behavior, effecting multiple environments, that persists for at least several weeks and causes significant difficulties in functioning. For teenagers this might mean academic or behavioral issues at school, difficulties interacting with peers, or withdrawing from family. Depression is more than simply being in a bad mood, feeling sad, or having a negative attitude and includes other significant psychological, biological, and behavioral changes.

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Signs of Depression in Teenagers

  • Frequent Mood Swings

  • Feeling Worthless

  • Frequent Crying

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Loss of Energy or Fatigue

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Thoughts of Death, Suicide or Self Harm

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Academic Difficulties (e.g., drop in grades, not doing school work)

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Change in Appetite

  • Feeling Angry

  • Behavioral issues (e.g., getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school)

Treatment of Depression in Teenagers

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most researched and scientifically proven psychotherapy for treating depression in adolescents. CBT is a practical and easy to understand treatment approach that emphasizes the here-and-now and the development of effective coping skills and strategies. With teenagers, a combination of insight-oriented (e.g., changes in thinking, developing understanding) and behavioral interventions are typically utilized.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (i.e., talk or behavioral therapy) is an effective treatment for depression in teenagers. It is considered a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression. For more severe cases of depression a combination of medication and psychotherapy is typically recommended.

Medication

Certain medications (i.e., SSRIs) are commonly used to treat depression in teenagers and like psychotherapy have been proven to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms. While the use of medication to treat depression in adolescents has grown steadily over the past couple of decades there remains concern regarding the safety of some medication use in teenagers. For more information regarding the use of medications in treating depression in children and adolescents click here to visit the NIMH website on the matter.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is also commonly recommended for teenagers who are experiencing depression. Family therapy aims to help parents and caregivers learn how to more effectively provide support and create a less stressful environment for their children. Family therapy can often increase the effectiveness of individual therapy with teens.

THERAPISTS & COUNSELORS
FOR TEENAGERS

All clinicians at Mindly are fully licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of North Carolina.

Stephanie Phillips LCMHC

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATIONS:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Renee Smusz LCSW

RENEE SMUSZ, LCSW

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Jasmine Potts LCMHC

JASMINE POTTS, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD  (7 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Laura Pond LCMHC

LAURA POND, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD  (10 – 17) CARY
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17) RALEIGH
ADULTS

LOCATIONS: 
RALEIGH, CARY & ONLINE

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Barbara Garrett LCSW

BARBARA GARRETT, LCSW

THERAPIST

ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS

COUPLES

LOCATIONS:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Christine Hogan LCMHC

CHRISTINE HOGAN, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
ADOLESCENT ( 14 – 17)
ADULTS

LOCATION:
ONLINE ONLY

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Ty Kays LCMHCS

TY KAYS, LCMHCS

THERAPIST 
CHILD (7-11)
ADOLESCENT (12-17)
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Connie Lancaster LCMHC

CONNIE LANCASTER, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT ( 14 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Gregory Linares LMFTA

GREGORY LINARES, LMFTA

THERAPIST

CHILD (8 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Katie Mendat List LCMHCS

KATIE MENDAT LIST, LCMHCS

THERAPIST 
CHILD (4 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Lindsay Frye

LINDSAY FRYE, INTERN

THERAPIST 
CHILD (4 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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A Todd Lindsey LCMHC

A. TODD LINDSEY, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD (8 – 11) RALEIGH

CHILD (10-17) CARY

ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATIONS: 
RALEIGH, CARY, ONLINE

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Caroline Schwarz

CAROLINE SCHWARZ, INTERN

THERAPIST 
CHILD (8 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12-17)

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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