This post is dedicated to teens. If you have a teenager, then you know they affect your relationship. Which is why I am writing this post. Teenage depression isn't just bad moods and an occasional angry outburst. It's a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen's life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence and even suicide. As a concerned parent, friend, sibling or teacher, there are many ways you can help. Offering support and talking about the problem can go a long way. Here are eight signs that your teenager may be depressed:
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Change in eating or sleeping habits
- Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide or death
You might be wondering if your teenager is depressed or just "being a teenager." It's important to consider how long the symptoms have been present and how severe they are. Also, does your teen seem like his or her usual self. While "growing pains" are to be expected, dramatic, long-term changes are not the norm. Their behavior could be a red flag of a deeper problem.
There is a difference between teenage depression and adult depression. Irritability, rather than sadness is the predominant symptom. They can have unexplained aches and pains. They are extremely sensitive to criticism, this is from extreme feeling of worthlessness. They may withdraw from some people rather than all people. They may keep a couple of friends, whereas an adult can isolate.
Depression in teens can lead to problems in school, running away, drug and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, reckless behavior and even violence. If you suspect a teenager in your life is depressed, then speak up right away. Help is just a phone call away. You can call the teen suicide hotline or 911, if the teen is suicidal. For more help, please call me for a consultation at (650) 892-0357.