Signs of Teenage Depression
One of the biggest risks with teens and depression is that people don't recognize the signs of teenage depression early enough. Instead, its easily written off as typical teenage moods. Consider learning more about teen depression statistics and the various causes of teen depression so that you can be fully informed and spot the trouble early. Early intervention is key for depressed teenagers!
Teens are prone to depression where one out of eight teens suffer from depression, many leading to suicide. As a result, its so important to detect it early and get treatment.
Symptoms of Depression in Teens
Profound changes in their mood
Constant level of moodiness, irriatbility and/or hostility - prone to angry outbursts
Abnormal levels of agitation
Strong sense of helplessness
Withdrawal from family and friends, isolating themselves
Strong feelings of sadness
Strong sense of guilt
Difficulty focusing and/or concentrating
Feelings of worthlessness
Lack of energy
Isolating themselves from friends and family
Lack of interest in activites usually enjoyed
Change in sleep habits - a lot more or less than usual
Change in appetite - eats a lot more or way less than usual
Abnormal gain or loss of weight
Thoughts and/or talk of suicide
Hypochondriac tendencies with physical ailments that can't be explained
The key to assessing the situation is to determine how often these signs of teenage depression appears. If it is for a short period of time, or even intermittent, it may just be normal teenage mood swings. However, if it is a behavior that is exhibited over a long period of time – longer than 2 weeks - then it may likely be teenage depression. I which case, these symptoms should be discussed with your family physician and/or a mental health professional.
It's important to note that this is different that that of adult depression in that teens are more prone to violence, are much more irritable and tend to develop physical ailments that can't be explained. With adults, there is less tendency towards violence, they usually feel more sad than irritable and they don't normally exhibit hypochondriac symptoms.
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