There are lots of different types of depression which are found in teenagers. And like teenagers depression comes in all shapes and sizes.
Often we hear some teenagers say the phrase, I am so depressed, and we pass it by as the growing up part of life which teens go through, but in reality they sometimes are depressed. Depression has several types with similar but varying characteristics.
The most frequently diagnosed types of depression among teens are major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder.
Bipolar depression in Teens (manic depression)
Bipolar Depression is witnessed by alternating episodes of mania or depression. These symptoms include a depressed mood and loss of interest in daily life for about a two week period. The mood must also make a negative impact on the day to day living of the person experiencing it. A teenager suffering from bipolar disorder has cycles of mood changes ranging from a severe high (mania) to a severe low (depression).
Major depression in Teens (clinical depression)
Teenagers which have major depression have similar symptoms to those of adults which have major depression including, but these not limited to, sadness, irritability, indecisiveness and hopelessness. The major depression can prevent a person from acting and functioning normally. It can prevent teens from finding pleasure in regular activities they once enjoyed. . Other symptoms may include lack of concentration, sleeping problems, feeling fatigued or slow in motion, and thoughts of death and suicide.
Chronic depression in Teens (dysthymia)
Dysthymia disorder is like major depression and has the same characteristics and symptoms or signs as it, but unlike major depression, chronic depression is less severe and it typically doesn’t disable a person’s capability top do things. Chronic depression is also characterized by a long time span (two or more years) of depressed mood. A child or a young adult or a teen which has dysthymia may be depressed for most of his day, on most of the days and for several years.
As parents gradually become aware of the changes in the teen’s behavior, the better off the depressed teen will be. Now by recognizing the different types of depression the parents can help search for a better treatment for the depressed teen.