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Depression in teenagers : Don't hide Just treat it

Parents would not have the slightest inclination if a teenage child is acting normally or is displaying conflicting behaviours as a result of a mental disorder, consequential to behavioural difficulties or drug abuse. Teenagers are susceptible to mood swings due to hormonal changes and changes in physical appearances during puberty. They get angry easily and begin to separate themselves from the family feeling the need for privacy and distance. Where most of these behaviours are considered normal, differentiating between symptoms of mental illness and normal teenage nature is rather complex. Often the teen’s behaviour is compared to the adult’s behaviour at that age. The teenager experiences severe episodes of chronic anxiety, sadness, frustration, etc. Where most of these behaviours do not warrant the consultation of a specialist, teenagers tend to be oversensitive and may not have developed the requisite coping tools to deal with daily life situations.

Treatment at Fayth Clinic

At Fayth Clinic, adolescent pediatrician schedule comprehensive observatory sessions to decipher if the child is indeed suffering from mental illness. They look for concerning behaviours such as:

At the clinic, the severity, intensity and duration of the problem is assessed. A history of important medical problems, psychosocial history , academic history , dietary history is gathered along with any family history of any physical and mental disorders. The teenager is also evaluated for any physical or psychological trauma inclusive of stressful situations or death in the family. All reports from parents, caretakers and teachers are gathered to arrive at a final conclusion.

Teenage emotional and mental disorders are a delicate issue and doctors at Fayth Clinic are adequately trained to deal with children in such situations.

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