DEPRESSION IN TEENS
It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning, even on days when you have exciting things happening. You feel sad a lot.
Although you may not always show it on the outside, you feel it throughout your entire body. The things that make your friends happy, don’t bring you joy. Even though you want them to. Maybe, you’re feeling so down that you’ve thought about hurting yourself or ending your life.
Signs of Depression in Teens
Perhaps the information above sounds familiar to you. Maybe, it sounds like someone you know and love. Not every teen experiences depression in the same way. Some of the common symptoms of depression in teens are:
- insomnia or sleeping too much
- thoughts of suicide
- negative thoughts about self
- inability to identify strengths in self
- withdrawn from social supports
- lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- self-medicating or experimenting with drugs or alcohol
- sleep issues
- difficulty seeing a positive future
- lack of coping skills
- anger and rage
- inconsolable sadness
Grief and Loss: Not quite depression
You’re heartbroken because you didn’t get into the college or university you were sure you’d attend. You didn’t get into the cast or onto the team you were sure you were a shoo-in for. Maybe, you made the cut, but then got kicked off of the team for one reason or another? Your first love broke up with you and your world is shattered.
Grief doesn't always stem from death. Truly intense grief can come from the loss of a person in their life. Perhaps your family is going through a divorce, or you have a broken relationship with someone else in your family or friend circle. You or a bestie has recently moved and it feels like nothing will ever be the same. The feelings we have from these situations can be a lot like depression.
In therapy, we can help you normalize these feelings of grief. Eventually, building acceptance of the process. We know that moving through grief is the only way to get through to the other side. Whether we meet online or in-person, we will walk with you to create a path to 'intentionally' grieve and feel supported on the journey. You won’t feel as "heavy", finally able to enjoy life and move forward. Sometimes, we are even able to make meaning or sense of loss.
The Foundations Family Therapy Approach to Counseling for Teens
Counseling for teens with depression is important for healing and building coping skills that can last a lifetime. Our therapists are ready to equip your teen with the tools to increase self-esteem and challenge negative thinking. In this process, we will work on identifying and challenging negative core beliefs. This can involve identifying and reaching out to supports to boost social engagement. When appropriate, we will also create a crisis plan, identify a specific support system, and engage the support system in therapy.
Mindfulness Coping Tools for Depression Therapy
It’s important to know that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. Thoughts are not facts! One way we do this is through mindfulness skills.
Consider your answer to the following question:
“If in this moment depression can not exist, what does your life look like?”
No matter your answer, we can help you work with your thoughts in a new, more present, and grounded way. Together, we will create hope and explore your individual purpose and direction! What are you waiting for?
Find Confidence and Connection Through Teen Therapy
With therapy for teens with depression, you will be happier, healthier, and more in control of your feelings. If you are ready for improved sleep, improved mood, and more energy, let’s get started. We want you to have better relationships with your friends and parents. We’ll help you feel more hopeful and excited about the future.
It's also possible to get therapy for teens with depression online anywhere in North Carolina. You can get the help you need, from the comfort of your home. In fact, teens are excellent candidates for video therapy! Because, they're already used to communicating with friends and family online. If you have questions about online therapy for teens in North Carolina, visit our telehealth page.
Begin Depression Therapy for Teens in North Carolina
At our Fuquay Varina and Raleigh counseling clinics, (and online throughout North Carolina) the caring therapists listed below specialize in counseling for teens and families struggling with depression. To start therapy for teens with depression in person, or online, follow these simple steps:
- Contact us at (919) 285-4802
- Meet with a caring family therapist
- Begin your journey to hope and healing
Other Counseling Services at Foundations Family Therapy
Our expert team of therapists offers support and counseling for a wide range of concerns. Online therapy in North Carolina or traditional therapy in our Fuquay Varina and Raleigh locations can help you thrive. We provide services for teens and young adults, anxiety, depression, recovery from trauma, and marriage and couples counseling. Take the first step toward a more hopeful life by calling us today.