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					Our adolescent stage may be considered as our -˜trying years'.
Adolescents usually try hard to fit in and balance their priorities in
life, and oftentimes, their actions are misinterpreted. Teenagers who
manifest signs of depressions are often viewed as acting out or branded
as attention-seekers. Seeking professional help would be best done
immediately as depression can bring negative effects on the teenager that
can still be felt during adulthood. Medications such as Paxil are often
given to manage depression but Paxil lawsuits have been filed by some who
had side effects from the drug. When faced with this situation, the
suffering individual must be reassured that he or she is not alone and
that help is available.        Signs of Teenage Depression


  Depression can be felt by almost all ages and the symptoms are
generally true for all, however there are gender specific or age-related
symptoms such as those exhibited by adolescents are they are: ·
Being frequently irritable, sad or annoyed ·         Too much or too
little sleep ·         Sudden weigh gain or weight loss without trying to
·           Easily cries on even the most mundane things ·
Degree of concentration is decreased ·         Feels hopeless or helpless
even with constant help and reassurance ·            Has thoughts of death
and/or suicide      How to Manage Teen Depression       If you notice that
your teen has any symptoms of depression, it would be best to act on it
immediately. This might not only provide better results but it can also
prevent suicide. If you are in the situation, you are strongly advised to
contact your doctor or a specialist. If a specialist or physician is not
yet available, the following interventions can be made. ·
Support your teenager Show the teenager your unconditional support.
While doing such, also make it a point not to push yourself too much for
they might feel like they are being patronized which may yield the
opposite result. ·              Learn to listen Take some time to listen
to your adolescent. The teenager wants someone who he/she can freely talk
to without being lectured. ·                Encourage your teenager to
open up Teenagers generally avoid their parents or primary caregivers
because they view them as persons of authority. As a whole, parents are
encouraged to establish a connection between them and their children. In
teenage depression especially, parents are much more encouraged to reach
out to their teenager so they'll be at ease in sharing what's bothering
them. However, parents must also consider their children's privacy and
sense of security while trying to establish a connection.


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