Signs of Teen Depression

Being a teenager isn’t always easy and it is normal for them to be pretty moody. However, depression is not a normal part of being a teen. It can be hard to differentiate the difference between moodiness and depression, so it is important to know the symptoms of depression.

Signs of depression include the following:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Sadness is typically the main symptom associated with depression, but the predominant mood for depressed teens is often irritability–hostility, frustration and angry outbursts. Complaints of headaches or stomachaches are also common. Teenagers can be extremely sensitive to criticism, rejection, and failure. When depressed, they may withdraw from their friends, socialize less, or hang out with a different crowd. Other signs may be dramatic changes in personality, problems at school, reckless behavior, and low self-esteem.

Teenage depression is highly treatable. If you suspect a teenager in your life is depressed or having difficulties, talk to him or her about it. Be supportive. Resist giving lectures– rather, listen and validate feelings. Make an appointment with a therapist at Yurk Counseling Services LLC. We can help teens who are suffering from stress, depression, and other challenges.

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Tina Gray-Siebers, BS, Intern