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Signs of Depression in Teens

February 17, 2014

Signs of Depression in Teens

Teens are struggling with depression all over the country. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, depression is an illness when feelings of depression persist and begin to interfere with the teen’s ability to function. Left untreated, depression can lead to serious risk factors such as substance abuse and even suicide. The following signs of depression in teens will help you to differentiate whether your teen is having normal mood swings or if they are suffering from depression.

Common Signs

There are a multitude of signs to look for to determine whether or not your teen is suffering from depression. The most common signs of depression in teens are:

  • Frequent sadness or crying
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Irritability with bursts of anger
  • Overly sensitive to criticism
  • Frequent headaches, stomachaches and not feeling well
  • Feeling tired often

Daily Routine Changes

If you are worried that your teen may be suffering from depression, pay attention to any changes in their daily routines. When a teen is depressed, they will change their normal patterns such as getting too much or too little sleep. Some signs to look for are:

  • Not wanting to eat or eating more than usual
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Loss of energy
  • Withdrawal from normal activities
  • Excessive boredom

Behavioral Changes

When a teen is feeling depressed, their overall behavior will begin to change. They may begin acting out in ways that you have not seen before. While it may be difficult to tell if your teen is going through normal mood swings, these signs may be pointing to depression:

  • Increase in behavioral problems at school and home
  • Drop in grades, refusal to complete homework or attend school
  • Spending more time alone than with others
  • Inability to enjoy activities they used to love
  • Frequently making harsh statements about themselves
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol

If you are worried that your teen is struggling with depression, there is hope. Don’t delay reaching out for help. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. You may contact us at: (844) 319-5239.

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