Being a teenager isn’t always easy and it is not uncommon for teens to be pretty moody. However, depression is not a normal part of being a teen. Since it’s often difficult to differentiate the difference between moodiness and depression, it is important to know the symptoms of depression:
- Sadness (which is typically the main symptom associated with depression), tearfulness, frequent crying, and hopelessness.
- Irritability, hostility, frustration and angry outbursts–often the predominant symptoms for depressed teens.
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt.
- Frequent complaints of headaches or stomachaches.
- Extreme sensitivity to criticism, rejection, and failure.
- Social changes like withdrawal from family and friends, or hanging out with a different crowd.
- Loss of enthusiam and motivation; lack of interest in activities.
- Dramatic changes in personality, problems at school, reckless behavior, and low self-esteem.
- Fatigue or lack of energy.
- Reslessness or agitation.
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits; weight gain or loss.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Thoughts of death or suicide.
If you suspect a teenager in your life is depressed or having difficulties, trust your instincts, and talk to him or her about it. Be supportive. Resist giving lectures. Rather, listen and validate feelings.
Also, be sure to turn to a professional. Teenage depression is highly treatable. Make an appointment with a therapist at Yurk Counseling Services LLC. We can help teens who are suffering from depression, stress, and other challenges.