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Teen Depression: When to Seek Out Professional Help


Teen Depression: When to Seek Out Professional Help

You may have happily survived your teen years, rode through its usual “roller coaster ups and downs” and came out unscathed. That doesn’t mean it will be the same for your teenager. As a parent, you must learn to identify the signs and symptoms of teen depression to be able to help your teenager, if it becomes necessary. Moodiness may not be a simple sign of “just being teen” or rebellion; it might already be a sign your teen needs professional help.

Teen Depression

Teens are especially vulnerable to depression. Around this time, they will experience a lot of biological changes. Scientific studies reveal that their brain goes through substantial changes during the early and mid-adolescent stage. There will be significant growth and modifications in the neural connections within and between the different brain areas.

Adolescence is also the time when your teenager is still uncertain about his/her identity and where he/she fits in. The raging hormones, school stresses, peer and social pressure, and family conflict, may just prove too much for your teen’s young mind to comprehend. Many overwhelmed teenagers succumb to these stressors by resorting to drinking, smoking and drugs. All of these can make them more susceptible to depression.

What You Can Do

As a parent, you must know that your adolescent can likely survive the teen years with better success when you provide him/her with a nurturing environment. This is critical since the immediate environment has profound effects on the healthy and normal process of brain development. Of course, there is no guarantee that these years will be easier for your teen even with this environment because there are too many factors that are beyond your control. This is why even the most caring parents can still have teenagers who are defying all rues and norms and succumbing to depression and defiance.

You can’t, however, give up on your teen. It is critical to be there for him/her. Understanding the cascade of events that can lead to depression and being proactive are very important. Your presence and care along with professional help can stop what seems like a looming danger before your teen succumbs to any of its ills.

Never Ignore the Signs

Many parents commit the mistake of thinking that their teen is just out for the experience – experience to try sex, drugs, smoke, alcohol, and other risky endeavors. Soon it will wear off and they’ll be back on track, right? Wrong. All these can complicate the circumstances that may lead to so many things. Nothing about it is positive – self-loathing, aggression, pregnancy, substance abuse and addiction, self-harm, and yes, depression, anxiety and panic.

The condition has many potential risks. While not every teen will be inflicting harm on themselves or others, you don’t want your child to be included in the statistics. Even without the violence aspect, it can seriously impact your child’s ability to live a normal life affecting their sense of self and thinking that they are no good (which can lead to a lifetime of fighting anxiety and depression).

Be a Proactive Parent

If you feel too involved to get the facts straight and the decisions right, get professional help from Carolina Counseling Services. Your teen and you may need help at this time. If you want to be proactive about teen depression that can consume your child, start early by talking to one of our professional therapists. We look forward to guiding you and your teen through these hard times.


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Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC

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Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(919) 762-3185

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View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Diane M. McKnight, MA, MSW, LMSW, LCSW, ATR

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Trauma/PTSD, Adult Survivors of Abuse, Grief and Loss, LGBTQ Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Couples/Relationship Issues, Marriage Therapy, Major Life Transitions/Adjustments, Spirituality Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Shanna N. Reyes, MS, LPC, LCAS-A

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families, Immigrants/Refugees/Disaster Survivors, PTSD, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem issues, Coping skills, Behavioral Modification, Parenting interventions, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, LGBTQIA, Substance abuse, EMDR
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC