Depression and anxiety in youth is a serious problem. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 11 percent of children between the age of 13 and 18 suffer from major depression and more than 25 percent of 13 to 18-year-olds suffer from an anxiety disorder. Both of these disorders can have serious effects of sufferers’ lives, causing them to withdrawal from friends, family, school and other activities and deeper into feelings of panic, worry, fear or darkness.
If you are a parent, you might ask yourself, How do I determine if my child’s moodiness and turmoil are the results of raging hormones and the topsy-turvy world of growing up, or something more serious? Here are a couple of recognizable signs to look for in a young person, especially if lasting for more than two weeks.
- Withdrawal from peer group activities
- Frequent cutting of school
- School behavior issues
- Ongoing angst and withdrawal
- Difficulty sleeping
- Noticeable weight loss or weight gain
- Reduction in enthusiasm
- Inability to engage in family and peer activities
- Increase in breathing, sweating, muscular tension and dry mouth
- Suicidal thoughts
Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, a mental health expert, founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE and author of more than 25 self-help books, warns against leaving young people suffering from anxiety or depression untreated. He has created a comprehensive whole-person model of inspired healthcare to treat the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological components of the individual. In the more than years since The Center opened, young people with major depressive and anxiety disorders have emerged as whole, healthy human beings.
The Center can help evaluate the seriousness of your child’s problems and can help begin a path to healing. Visit APlaceofHope.com or call toll-free 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166 for more information on depression and anxiety treatment.