Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Stress is normal and needed, but too much stress can upset the normal equilibrium and set us on edge. Teens can experience anxiety through having difficulty getting to sleep or withdrawing from social situations. Anxiety usually travels in families and can be expressed through anger and/or substance abuse.

Adolescent depression is a serious mental health issue. Depression often follows anxiety. Teens who struggle with self-esteem, social interactions and/or academics may stress to the point of emotional exhaustion. They simply need to learn self-regulating skills that can help them process the challenges of adolescence. Certainly there are contributing genetic factors that should have all parents mindful of the risks. Too many parents wrongly minimize depressive symptoms thinking, "It is just teenage hormones." Chronic depressive symptoms should not be ignored. Get your teen help early.

Teenage Stress, Anxiety and Depression is Common.

Helping your child make the emotional transition to college can be a major undertaking. Know how to identify whether your child is having trouble dealing with this new stage of life - and what you can do to help.

Teenage depression can affect nearly every aspect of your child's life. Understand what you can do to help prevent teenage depression, including possible mental health therapy.

Teenage depression is a serious health concern that can result in long-lasting physical and emotional challenges. Although there's no sure way to prevent teenage depression, you can take simple steps to make a difference, starting today.
College - Anxiety and Depression

College depression isn't a clinical diagnosis. Instead, college depression is a form of an adjustment disorder - a type of stress-related mental illness or depression.

College students face many challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. They may be living on their own for the first time and feeling homesick. They may also be adapting to a new schedule and workload, adjusting to life with roommates, and figuring out how to belong. Dealing with these changes during the transition from adolescence to adulthood can trigger or unmask so-called college depression in some young adults.

What are the impacts of college depression?

College students dealing with depression are more likely than their peers to abuse drugs and alcohol and perform poorly in school. Difficulty concentrating may cause a young adult to have trouble finishing schoolwork, skip classes, lose interest in extracurricular activities, or even drop out.

College students may have difficulty seeking help for depression because of embarrassment or from a fear of not fitting in. Also signs and symptoms may be more difficult to notice from afar.

Remember, depression symptoms may not get better on their own; in fact, when not treated, depression may get worse. Untreated depression can lead to other mental and physical health issues or problems in other areas of life. Feelings of depression can also increase the likelihood of substance abuse and the risk of suicide.
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