Everybody feels sad from time to time. However, when you experience persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, and even years, you may have Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). At Teen Depression, we have competent mental health professionals who can provide a comprehensive assessment for teenagers between the ages of 12-17 years old, and they can diagnose whether or not that teen has a Major Depressive Disorder.
As a reputable Southern California based Teen Depression Rehab Treatment Center, we provide teen depression treatment and programs that are designed to help teens who are struggling with depression. However, before you even consider treatment, it is important for you to know what Major Depressive Disorder is, and what symptoms can manifest if one has this disorder.
What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a serious, but treatable mental illness that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness that last for at least two weeks, and causes a disruption in a teenager’s day-to-day functioning.
What are the symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder?
Based on the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a person may be diagnosed with major depressive disorder if five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present for at least 2 weeks; if the symptoms for loss of interest or low mood are present; and if the symptoms can’t be attributed to another medical condition.
- Decreased concentration
- Loss of interest in previous hobbies or activities
- Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) or Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Depressed mood
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Suicide ideation or recurrent thoughts of death
- Suicide attempt or having a specific plan for suicide
At Teen Depression, we understand how serious this disorder is. We have several treatment programs and options available to help teenagers who are diagnosed with a major depressive disorder. Let us help you. Contact us at 888-226-0766 for more information and assistance.