What is depression?
Is your teen struggling with some or most of the following:
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities they used to enjoy?
- Changes in appetite and/or diet and weight?
- Feelings of ongoing sadness, negativity, loneliness and emptiness?
- Sleep difficulties, characterised by either sleeping too much or too little?
- Feelings of irritability, anger and frustration?
- Poor concentration and memory?
- Lack of energy or motivation?
- A sense of hopelessness and helplessness?
- Feelings of low self-worth or low self-esteem?
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide?
Your teen may be suffering with depression, a persistent state of low mood or feeling down that can occur at any stage in a person’s life, and that interferes to some degree with their ability to get on with daily tasks and activities. For adolescents and young people, symptoms of depression can often be difficult to differentiate from behaviours typical of that age group, for example risk taking behaviours and mood swings. For these reasons, depression can often go undiagnosed in young people. Adolescents may also feel guilt or shame in admitting they have a problem, due to the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues, and may find it difficult to seek help for their problems.
How can Alta-1 College help?
At Alta-1 College, we understand how depression can affect the social, emotional and academic areas of a student’s life and we can provide a holistic support system for the young person struggling with depression. Our qualified and experienced Teachers, Education assistants, Counsellors and Psychologists are able to provide academic and therapeutic support to students to enable them to reach the potential they would not otherwise achieve. We also offer online counselling for students who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions.
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