Has your child been acting “different” lately, but you can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong? Are you thinking there is no way that your adolescent could be depressed because they aren’t displaying any tell-tale signs? There is a common misconception that depression manifests the same in adolescents as it does in adults. While this may be the case in some instances, more times than not, depression looks very different in adolescents. Warning signs you as a parent can look for in your adolescent are:
Unexplained pains: Often depression can mask itself as unexplained pains, especially in adolescents. If your child is experiencing consistent headaches or stomach aches with no explanation or relief, this may be a sign of depression.
Eating/sleep problems: If you child is oversleeping or having trouble falling or staying asleep, this could be another sign of depression. Adolescents may also experience a change in appetite. If you notice your child eating significantly more, or restricting their eating, they may be experiencing depression.
Social isolation: If you child is spending more time alone in their room or not engaging with friends or in activities they used to enjoy, this could be a sign of depression.
If your child, or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms related to depression, please reach out to us at (919) 721-4800 to schedule a free evaluation and consultation to discuss how neurofeedback therapy could be an effective, drug-free intervention for your child.