Teen Insomnia




'Risky behavior' linked to teen depression, and teen suicides

Other risk factors include a history of physical and/or sexual abuse, poor communication with parents, incarceration, and lack of access or an unwillingness to seek mental health treatment. To control teenage depression would directly help in reducing suicidal tendencies in them. It is important to see what is teen depression. Teenage depression isnt just bad moods and occasional melancholy.

Occasional melancholy, bad moods and short periods of feeling down are common in adolescence and everyone. Major depression, however, limits an adolescents ability to function normally. Depression in teenagers is characterized by a persistent sad mood, irritability, feelings of hopelessness or the inability to feel pleasure or happiness for an extended period of time - weeks, months or years. Early symptoms of adolescent depression can be difficult to diagnose because they appear to be a normal...


Many child and teenage sleep problems can be corrected by adjusting the bedtime routine or your expectations of what is "normal" for your child. Some sleep problems, however, are true disorders which need special attention, and sometimes treatment by a healthcare professional. The common sleep disorders with children and teenagers are:


Insomnia means children often have trouble falling or staying asleep or going back to sleep if they awaken. Most children go to sleep within 20 minutes of being in bed and quiet. Teens often take 30 minutes or longer. Generally, insomnia is much less of a problem for children and teens than for adults. Insomnia in children is not usually a serious problem. However, when getting to sleep takes more than half an hour, it can affect wake up time and cause daytime sleepiness or irritability. Some children get up many times when they cannot get to sleep, which can be difficult for parents.

Most of the time, insomnia will get better or go away if an improved sleep routine is strictly followed for 2 weeks. This includes a predictable quiet time of at least half an hour before bedtime such as a bath and reading time, and a regular bedtime. When an improved sleep routine does not help, try stopping all caffeine and giving warm milk 30 minutes before bedtime. Sleep medicines work differently... Continued




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