One of the more tricky aspects of working with adolescents is trying to discern at times what is “typical” teenage behavior, and what is depression. I mean most of us can remember back to our own teenage days where we experienced bouts of moodiness, irritability, and wanted to isolate ourselves from others, or at least our parents. And just because we experienced those things that didn’t necessarily make us a candidate for a diagnosis of depression.
I wrote about this issue last year for the Fuller Youth Institute in an article called Naming and Navigating Depression in the Lives of Teenagers. That article got a lot of attention, and it’s such a big topic, that I’m currently working on another article for the Fuller Youth Institute on depression and adolescents…hence why I decided to do a podcast episode on this topic.
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