HTH: Discerning Depression in our Teens

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Often in youth ministry, we are put in the position of triaging our students, of discerning whether an issue or struggle of theirs is within the normal limits of adolescence or if they are in need of more significant care (e.g. professional mental health counseling) than we can offer as ministers.  This article by Rhett Smith does an excellent job of providing some helpful steps for navigating what may be depression in a teen.  He begins with the question, “How do I know if he’s depressed or if this is just normal teenage behavior?”

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