Please take her to a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist as soon as possible. If she is clinically depressed she needs to be seen very soon. Too many teens are becoming statistics, from suicide. I don't want to frighten you, but she needs to be evaluated.
Best wishes to you and your girl,
Yes, as Sweetlemon suggested, have her evaluated by a psychiatrist immediately. In fact, you may have her evaluated by the primary doctor so to get a referral to a psychiatrist and therefore get an appointment even sooner. This is nothing to ignore and hope it goes away.
I agree with Sweetlemon, find a good therapist/psychologist/ someone who can help get to the route of the problem, Depression is nothing to fool around with the sooner she see's a qualified person the better, being able to talk about what is causing the depression is a big part of the battle, I had a similar experience, things worked out, I ws not happy about having to go because I was so depressed that it seemed like I would just hope it would go away, I had parents who had the insight to help me get the help that I needed and I am so very thankful for that, I wish you the very best, please keep us posted
As mentioned already, she does need to see a therapist (psychologist or counselor) as soon as possible. You can discuss with the therapist her need for medication. If you decide to put her on medication, I strongly recommend that she see a psychiatrist (they are more familiar with mental illness and psychotropic medications than a regular doctor, and can better address her specific needs).
Additionally, it's important for you to be on the lookout for warning signs of suicide, such as: 1- giving away her things to friends, 2- any talk about death (even if it doesn't relate to her specifically), 3- a sudden improvement in her mood (this may seem counterintuitive, but if she all of a sudden starts seeming happy/normal again, it could actually mean that she's decided to commit suicide and no longer feels the burden of her depression because she's found a "solution"). If you think that she might be suicidal, ask!
Also, many teens with depression will exhibit self-injuring behavior (cutting is the most common). Although this will certainly be shocking to see, if she does exhibit this behavior, it's important that you not "freak out" or punish her for it - it definitely needs to be addressed and stopped, but she may be using it as a coping mechanism (a way to deal with her depression) and prohibiting it before she has more healthy ways to cope could potentially lead to a more serious situation (i.e. suicide attempt).
Most importantly, just make sure she knows that you're there for her, that she feels she can talk with you openly, and that you are trying your best to understand what she is going through. Remember, what a teen may see as being serious and life-changing (i.e. breaking up with a boyfriend) is often not something that an adult would find as serious, but that doesn't mean that it is any less important to her, so try not to minimize her feelings.
A few good websites about teen depression/suicide are: www.teensuicide.us, www.teen-depression.info, and www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_teen.htm
I hope this helps! Keep in touch, and let us know how she (and you) are doing!
- Hope316 :-)
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