Depression is a serious and very common medical condition. It is more than just a temporary condition of feeling sad or blue. It can significantly affect thoughts, feelings, behaviors and even a person’s physical health.
- Medication intervention can be an important part of treatment for ongoing depression.
- Mental health specialists provide comprehensive mental health services, including talk therapy.
If you’re hospitalized for a health reason, including mental health, it is very important to follow up with your PCP. Your PCP can check your health status and recommend additional treatment if you need it.
For more information, see the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Alcohol and Drug Dependence/Addiction
Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. If you think you may have a drug or alcohol problem talk to your PCP. See more about what teens and adolescents can do if they believe they have a problem with addiction
. Follow your PCP’s treatment recommendations or seek help if you have questions or concerns.
For more information:
While many people are concerned about their body image, eating disorders involve extreme behaviors. Extreme behaviors include serious reduction of food intake or overeating, or feelings of great distress or concern about body weight and shape. For more information on the definitions, signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options visit the National Institute of Mental Health
. Discuss any other concerns you have about body image or eating habits with your PCP.
For more information:
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
When people think about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) they may not associate it with kids. However, any event that threatens physical harm can cause PTSD.
Events that can cause PTSD in children and teens:
- Sexual abuse or violence (does not require threat or harm)
- Physical abuse (from peers, family or friends)
- Natural or manmade disasters (fires, hurricanes, floods)
- Violent crimes (kidnapping, school shootings)
- Motor vehicle accidents (car and plane crashes)
- After witnessing community or domestic violence or war
Visit the Behavioral Health Evolution
for resources about how to engage teens in trauma treatment.
Get Free Online Education resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Teen Hotlines (24/7 Assistance Available)