Teenage client of mine prompted this post in an effort to understand why her depression looks “different” than the books say it should. We read the Psychology Today article together and discussed the points. It made a good point: depression in children and teens does often have a different presentation than depression in adults.
It was once thought that teens couldn’t be depressed because they didn’t possess the emotional awareness for depression to exist. Take a look at the article. Please feel free to post questions or comments.
Pay close attention to number 4. “The Mask” Teens feel a lot of pressure socially, in their family, and culturally to hide their depression to be accepted. Hiding who you are is another layer on an already complicated disorder. Detected depression is a key to successful treatment.