Depression in Teenagers

Depression is very common in teenagers and its occurrence is rapidly increasing.  Adolescents is a difficult time with many major changes occurring physically, mental and emotionally.  It is common for teenagers to experience mood changes from time to time.  However, parents should be aware of the signs of chronic depression and take all possible steps to intervene and assist their teenager.

Warning Signs of Depression

Signs of chronic depression (lasting two or more weeks) may include the following:

  • Poor school performance.
  • Withdrawal from family.
  • Withdrawal from friends and normal activities.
  • Unusual sadness.
  • Feelings of hopelessness.
  • Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation.
  • Unusual anger and rage.
  • Overreaction to criticism.
  • Feelings of inadequacy.
  • Poor self-esteem or unusual feelings of guilt.
  • Indecision, inability to concentrate or forgetfulness.
  • Unusual restlessness and agitation.
  • Unusual changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Problems with authority.
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions.

What should a parent do if he/she believes their teenager is exhibiting signs of chronic depression?

If your teenager is exhibiting signs of depression you should immediately seek professional assistance.   Havenwood specializes in helping teenagers who suffer from depression.  We would be happy to consult with you to determine how we can help–CALL NOW.