Teenage depression is more than just bad moods or broken hearts; it is a very serious clinical illness that will affect approximately 20% of teens before they reach adulthood. Left untreated, depression can lead to difficult home situations.
Certain young teens suffer from depression as result of situations surrounding their social or family life, but many are susceptible to the disease regardless of race, gender, income level or education. It is very important for parents to keep a watch on their teens - and to maintain a strong level of communication. Understanding the causes and warning signs of the illness can help parents prevent their teens from falling in to depression.
I understand how difficult it can be dealing with a troubled teenager because I have been there! I work with parents like you every day, looking for help and answers in desperation. You are not alone!
Depression Warning Signs
Common warning signs/symptoms of teenage depression (we need to be aware of):
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits (eating and sleeping too much or too little)
- Significant change in weight (loss or gain)
- Often misses school and/or shows bad school performance
- Reclusive, withdrawing from friends or family members
- Quick to show anger/rage
- General restlessness or anxiety
- Overreacts to criticism, even constructive
- Seems very self conscious, guilty
- Unusual problems with authority
- No longer partakes in or enjoys activities and events they once loved
- Indecision, lack of concentration, or forgetfulness
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Frequent health complaints despite being healthy
- Lack of motivation and enthusiasm for every day life
- Drug/alcohol abuse
- Mentions or thoughts of suicide