Symptoms of Depression in Teens Could Show Up Earlier Than Expected

Symptoms of Depression in Teens Could Show Up Earlier Than Expected

symptoms of depression in teensIt turns out that symptoms of depression in teens may show up much earlier than previously thought. New research has discovered early signs of depression through brain scans of infants. This research could mean earlier identification in young people, leading to more efficient and effective treatments.

Signs of depression in infancy

Now, this research isn’t claiming that a baby is portraying actual symptoms of depression–but it is claiming that by scanning the brain of an infant, it’s possible to identify indicators that a child may be more prone to developing depression later on.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In it, the researchers looked for a link between certain brain connections in infants and a greater chance of developing symptoms of depression later on in life. Specifically, the links between the amygdala and other parts of the brain was focused on. The greater the strength of the links, the higher the risk of “developing greater internalizing symptoms like sadness, excessive shyness, nervousness, or separation anxiety by age two.”

While this research is promising, there’s still much to be done. The researchers want to continue to study these children in hopes of better understanding the amount of risk these connections in the brain pose for forming depression or anxiety.

Cynthia Rogers, MD, explained the future she sees for this research:

“We have a grant under review to bring the preterm children back when they are older, along with the full-term children, and we want to study how their brains have developed over time. We want to determine whether they still have many of the same differences in connectivity, whether there have been any changes in the structural and functional connections in their brains, and how all of that relates to whether they have symptoms of psychiatric disorders.”

Identifying symptoms of depression in teens

Telling the difference between regular teen angst and symptoms of depression in teens can be difficult for a parent. If your child is struggling with a mental health issue like depression, it’s critical to catch it as soon as possible. The earlier the intervention, the better your child’s chances are of recovering.

Some signs and symptoms of depression in teens include:

  • Pulling away from friends/family
  • Frequently exhausted
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Issues staying still, very restless
  • Having mood swings more often than normal
  • Problems remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Thoughts of dying or self harm

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. We can provide treatment for symptoms of depression in teens–our goal is to help your son or daughter through this hard time.  

For more information about treating symptoms of depression in teens at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.


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