Teens and Depression: What Parents and Youth Need to Know About Depression

I was lucky enough to do an interview with Dr. Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D.  He is a clinical psychologist, author, and internationally known expert in the areas of treating depression, strategic short term psychotherapy, and clinical applications of hypnosis. He routinely teaches by invitation to professional audiences all over the world.

In this interview we talk about his books and research with teens and depression and young people and depression.

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/6455966[/vimeo]

(It takes a few seconds to start, patience please!)

Please feel free to come back and visit in parts, here is some other important information about depression from Dr Yapko’s website:

Depression is:

  • also called “clinical depression,” “major depression,” or “unipolar depression.” It is NOT the same as bipolar disorder, or what used to be called manic-depressive illness, a different, though related, disorder.
  • the most common mood disorder in the United States- and the world.
  • currently the fourth most debilitating human condition (behind heart disease, cancer and traffic accidents) according to the World Health Organization; WHO predicts that by the year 2020 depression will have risen to be the 2 nd most debilitating condition.
  • not only biological, despite the too common belief that it’s the result of either “bad genes” or a “chemical imbalance” in the brain.
  • caused by many factors; some are biological, some are social, and some are psychological; it is not caused by just one event or factor.
  • still growing steadily among all age groups, but most commonly seen in the 25-45 age group.
  • growing at the fastest rate in children and adolescents.
  • passed from depressed parents to their children in large part through the way they interact, i.e., the patterns parents unwittingly model
  • contagious, not in a viral sense, but in a social sense; mood spreads.
  • diagnosed more often in women than men, and in some cultures more than others.
  • experienced differently in each individual, although there are many common features, Signs and Symptoms
  • complicated by the presence of co-existing problems, such as anxiety
  • responsive to good treatments that emphasize active skill-building.
  • more likely to be recurrent when left untreated.

Some Tips About Teens with Depression:

We talk about some of these in the video, but I want to emphasize:

1) Depression is serious and needs to be taken care of.

2) Depression is different for everyone.

3) Family members and friends of a teen who is depressed also need support.