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Signs of High-Functioning Depression

a teen struggles to cope with the symptoms of their high functioning depression and could benefit from mental health treatment

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders that affect millions of teens each year. Teens with high-functioning depression can struggle with their symptoms yet still complete their school work and other responsibilities. While it may seem like they are fine, their depression can worsen and lead to substance abuse and severely impact their future. Depression treatment for teens can help them manage their symptoms more effectively and build their confidence and self-esteem.

At Imagine Bellevue, we support teen boys and girls aged 12-17 struggling with depression, borderline personality disorders, or other mental health disorders. Our certified therapists take the time to build trust and rapport with each patient to create an atmosphere of open and honest communication. Teens will participate in group and individual therapy to build healthy coping skills and see how other teens cope with their symptoms. If your teen son or daughter is struggling with depression, call 425.295.2459 or fill out our online form today, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Types of Depression

Depression affects each person in unique ways and is caused by various internal and external factors. A teen’s family history and genetics play a role in how susceptible they are to depression. If their parents have a history of depression or substance abuse, teens are more likely to experience depression at some point in their lives. Other contributing factors include peer and social pressure, physical or emotional abuse, a traumatic event, or the death of a close friend or family member.

Several types of depression can impact your teen’s health and development:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder (High-functioning depression)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Atypical depression

Depression can affect children, teens, and adults from all walks of life. Some notable people with high-functioning depression include Kristen Bell, Dwayne Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Owen Wilson. At Imagine Bellevue, we treat all types of depression through a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies and pharmacotherapy to reduce some of their symptoms.

Signs of High-Functioning Depression

High-functioning depression, or persistent depressive disorder, is a type of depression that can last for several years. It can be difficult to diagnose as teens may not even be aware they are depressed or understand why they feel sad all the time.

If you are concerned your teen may be struggling with depression, here are some of the signs of high-functioning depression:

  1. Your teen appears to be gloomy or down all the time. It can be hard for them to see anything in a positive light, and they put a negative spin on everything.
  2. They can appear lazy or have trouble finding the energy to complete chores and homework. They tend to put things off until the last minute and rush to finish.
  3. They have a difficult time accepting compliments and will often have something negative to add to the compliment.
  4. Their weight repeatedly fluctuates without any diet plan or fitness goal.
  5. Sleeping habits are erratic.
  6. Your teen will keep up with their school work but have difficulty socializing with others or meeting new friends.
  7. They use drugs or alcohol to feel better.

Teens who are diagnosed with high-functioning depression will often have a corresponding substance use disorder, as that is the only way they know how to manage their feelings.

Discover Depression Treatment for Teens Boys and Girls at Imagine Bellevue

At Imagine Bellevue, we support teen boys and girls who are struggling with depression or other mental health illnesses. Our outpatient treatment programs give teens a safe and encouraging environment where they can work on understanding why they are feeling sad and develop healthy ways to manage their symptoms.

Give your teen son or daughter the best chance at leading a full and happy life by calling 425.295.2459 today and enrolling them in our depression treatment program.