Signs of Teenage Depression

If you think you're seeing signs of teenage depression, then you need to take it seriously!  One of the biggest risks with teens and depression is that people don't recognize the signs early enough. Instead, its easily written off as typical teenage moodiness, irritability or some kind of 'phase' that they're going through.

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 seriously prone to depression. In fact, 1 of 8 teens suffer from depression and often times leads to attempted suicide or actual suicide.  As a result, its so important to detect it early, seek a professional diagnosis then identify the best treatment to fit the situation.  

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
  • Frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from family and friends, isolating themselves
  • Strong feelings of sadness
  • Strong sense of guilt
  • Difficulty focusing and/or concentrating
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • 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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