The onset of depression occurs differently based on the individual. A new study even suggests that males and females and assigned female at birth develop depression differently. Depression is often characterized by low mood, loss of interest and pleasure, and major changes to sleep and appetite. However, it is not limited to these symptoms. Some of the few differing factors between boys in girls and assigned female at birth include the following:
- Young people are almost twice as likely as men to develop depression
- Previous research has found similar rates of depression in both male and female and assigned female at birth genders prior to puberty—though some findings suggest boys may be slightly more likely than girls and assigned female at birth to experience depression.
- Women will continue to have a higher likelihood of meeting the criteria for depression in their adult years.
If you have a depressed teenage daughter, it is important to note why they may experience depressive symptoms and the factors that contribute to the mental illness. Some things to consider are listed below.
- One explanation for this difference is the earlier puberty in females and assigned female at birth compared to males. For instance, previous research has shown that early age of first menstrual cycle is associated with greater depressive symptoms.
- This increased reactivity and stressor responsiveness in adolescent girls and assigned female at birth may result in greater anxiety and depressive symptoms.
- Female and assigned female at birth adolescents—compared to male adolescents—experience not only a more rapid increase in depressive symptoms at an earlier age but also more depressive symptoms overall.
How To Help Your Depressed Teenage Daughter
Helpguide.org suggests three tips on how you can help your depressed teenage child cope with their symptoms and get the help they needs. Here’s what the source says:
- Encourage Social Interaction. Isolation makes depression worse. You should make communicating with your teen a priority. Set aside time each day to have one-on-one time with your teen. Make efforts to keep your teen connected with friends. Suggest that they get together with their friends or have their friends come over. Surrounding themselves with other kids is a good way to combat social isolation. Getting them involved in sports, clubs, or other activities is a great start to meeting new friends.
- Prioritize physical health. Physical and mental health are directly connected. Depression can worsen as a result of inactivity, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep. Establish a healthy and supportive environment at home to encourage your teen to make healthy choices. Get them moving by coming up with creative ways to encourage physical activity. Set limits on screen time and make sure you have expectations of when your teen should be unplugged from their device. Lastly, keep healthy food options available to them.
- Know when to seek professional help. This is perhaps the most important part. When your teen’s struggles extend beyond your realm of knowledge or beyond your ability to give them helpful advice. You should reach out to a professional to help guide your teen to a healthier and happier life. You should research the resources available around you and do not hesitate to reach out to professionals.
Solstice Residential Treatment Center can help
Solstice Residential Treatment Center is a program for young girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching teens how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions. We can help your family today!
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