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Knowing When Your Child Needs a Depression and Anxiety Test

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Knowing When Your Child Needs a Depression and Anxiety Test

Studies found that in 2015 around 3 million teenagers, ages 12 to 17, experienced at least one major depressive episode within the last year. It’s also been discovered that 6.3 million teenagers have struggled with an anxiety disorder at some point. Logically with those statistics, parents should naturally consider that their child may need a depression and anxiety test at some point in their teenage years–but that’s usually not the case.

Instead, they think: “It couldn’t ever be my child.” Until it is.

Causes of depression and anxiety

depression and anxiety testDepression and/or anxiety can be caused by many things. Depression can be linked to trauma, biology, genetics, environment, or even hormones.

Anxiety can be linked to all of the same things as well. Depression and anxiety frequently occur together, making things even harder for those who aren’t receiving treatment.

Depression isn’t just feeling sad. It’s an overwhelming, stifling presence of hopelessness, sadness, and loneliness. Untreated, it can make a simple task like getting out of bed seem absolutely impossible.

Anxiety isn’t just getting stressed. Untreated anxiety doesn’t ebb and flow like regular stress, it’s always there. Sometimes it’s incredibly intense, sometimes it’s just a hum–but it’s always there. It can make functioning in certain situations incredibly difficult, if not inconceivable, even if it’s completely illogical.

The adolescent years are some of the most transformative and intense, which makes it a perfect time to develop issues like anxiety and depression. As adults, we have experience with how to properly deal with the stresses and challenges of life, but teens don’t. Not to mention that students nowadays have an enormous amount of responsibility set on their shoulders with little to no education on how to handle the stress of that correctly. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Figuring out if your teen needs a depression and anxiety test

It’s not embarrassing to need a depression and anxiety test. Recognizing an issue and solving it is a show of strength, not weakness. This is why it’s incredibly important to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety early on in your teen. Both anxiety and depression have effective treatments, it’s just a matter of noticing when someone needs them.

Anxiety

Common signs of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Consistently afraid of how others perceive them
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches, or unexplained tiredness
  • Issues sleeping; either falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Very overly critical, low self-esteem
  • Intense fear of failure or rejection
  • Strong avoidance of social activities, withdrawal from friends
  • Inability to control worried or anxious thoughts
  • Mood swings
  • Alcohol or substance use

Depression

Common signs of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Frequently sad, crying
  • No longer interested in previously enjoyed activities
  • Often bored or low-energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Strong sensitivity to failure
  • More irritable or hostile than normal
  • Issues concentrating
  • Major change in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Problems keeping friends or relationships
  • Self-destructive or self-harming behavior

If you believe your child may be struggling with a mental health issue, it’s essential to seek out a professional for further guidance and help.

ViewPoint is here for your family

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best treatment for your child through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your teen through this hard time.  

For more information about our depression and anxiety test at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.

 

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