If you have noticed changes in your teenager’s mood and behavior such as becoming more withdrawn, sullen, angry or agitated, crying more than usual, low energy, decreased interest in things they used to enjoy, and/or appetite or sleep changes, your child may be suffering from depression. Depression in teens can come on gradually over time or can be triggered by an event such as the loss of a loved one, change in schools, breaking-up with someone, or parental divorce.
If your teen says they think they may be depressed and are asking for help, please call us immediately and we will get you in as soon as possible. Timing is crucial with teens, waiting to get help if they are asking can be dangerous. If you think your teenager may be depressed, please schedule an initial consultation appointment with one of our adolescent specialists. We will help you to know if this is normal teen behavior or if it something to be more concerned about. Depression in teens can lead to alcohol or drug use, school failure, cutting or self harm, and suicide.
We specialize in the most empirically-established treatment for depression called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). First we will meet with you and your teen (if they are willing to come in) to discuss your situation in a confidential, comfortable setting. If your teenager is not on board with seeing a therapist, it is perfectly reasonable that you, as their parent, come in by yourself for an initial consultation appointment so that we can assess the severity of the situation and give you guidance as to how to proceed.