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Depression Management for Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness or hopelessness that do not go away. You may lose interest in things you used to enjoy. These feelings may interfere with your daily life. Depression may be caused by changes in brain chemicals that affect your mood. Stress, a family history of depression, and conditions such as ADHD can increase your risk. Do not wait for the feelings to go away. Depression can be managed.

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

How is depression diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may talk to you without your family in the room. Your provider will ask about your symptoms and how long you have had them. Tell your provider if your symptoms are causing problems at home, school, or work. Your provider will ask if you have any family members with depression. Tell your provider about any stressful events in your life. Your provider may ask about any other health conditions or medicines you take. Your provider may also ask family members if they have noticed you have any signs of depression.

How is depression treated?

Your healthcare provider will help you and your family develop a plan for your treatment. Your provider will help you make plans for coping at home, school, and around friends. The plan may include an emergency contact in case you feel like hurting yourself or others. It may also include regular exercise, good nutrition, and any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage depression?

What can I do if I need to talk to someone?

Where can I find more information or support?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or ask someone to call if:

When should I call my doctor or therapist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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