Is this normal teenage stuff or is my child depressed? Also, taking away electronics will help…right?

As far as I am concerned, I will help you or your child in the same way regardless of the answer to this question: by providing skills to modify thoughts and behaviors to improve mood and overall quality of life. On the other hand, we DO want to understand severity of symptoms when considering safety (suicide, self harm, and other life-and-limb endangering behavior or urges), advisability of medication and prognosis. Also…most parents identify social media and “electronics” in general as the cause of a whole host of problems, but it is important to understand the negative and positive roles these technologies play in the lives of adolescents.

Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?


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