Depression is a mental disorder characterized by long periods of low mood, lack of self-esteem, a loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyed by the patient, and a sense of hopelessness. It may come about due to trauma, but this isn’t necessarily always the case. In fact, it can happen to anyone. The symptoms most observed among those with depression can range from social isolation to self-harm and beyond. If you are suffering from depression, then know that you are not alone, and that there is hope. Counselling has been scientifically shown to be effective at mitigating and treating depressive symptoms by giving those with depression the tools to recognize and challenge the cognitive attitudes underlying their depression.
Becoming a teenager can be one of the most drastic and confusing stages in a person’s life. With a rush of hormones, a changing body, new relationships, and new schools comes a new sense of self, increased peer pressure, and greater academic expectations. Social media further exacerbates these issues. All of this can be overwhelming for teens to manage, and can lead to higher rates of depression, feelings of loneliness, a sense of worthlessness or ineptitude, and a distorted self-image.
Although adolescents exhibit many of the same symptoms, teenagers with depression tend to display more behavioural changes than adults with the condition. They may become highly sensitive to criticism, exhibit aggressive tendencies, engage in substance abuse, neglect their personal hygiene, miss their academic obligations, and – in some cases – engage in self-harming behaviour. However, therapy and counselling can help teenagers develop the ability to recognize, acknowledge, and challenge the intrusive cognitive attitudes underlying their condition.
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