The teen years themselves are a challenging period for teenagers. Teens have to deal with many changes at the same time in their lives, physical, emotional, social and psychological changes. These changes can cause emotional stress, and emotional stress can lead to times of dealing with depression. Depression is a mental illness, and over 90% of the people who attempt and/or commit suicide suffer from some form of mental illness. So depression is an illness to be taken seriously, especially when it concerns teenagers since they are very sensitive and lack adult experience of dealing with life’s ups and downs. Depression is common among teenagers and can be successfully treated if the signs of teenage depression are noticed in time and treatment started.
Signs of Teenage Depression
In many cases, teenage depression can be noticed in changes in a teen’s way of thinking and behavior. Often they’ll look sad and withdrawn with hardly any interest in anything, even things they used to love and enjoy. Listed below are the signs of teen depression, otherwise known as the symptoms of teen depression. Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation Sudden low grade in school Isolation from friends and regular activities Anger and rage Anxiety, sadness and feelings of hopelessness Restlessness and agitation Difficulty in concentrating and making decisions Excessive or unnecessary guilt irresponsible behaviors: Going to school late, skipping school, forgetting obligations, rudeness to authorities etc. Change in eating patterns: Either compulsive eating that results in a sudden weight gain or a lack of interest in food that results in a sudden weight loss. Overreacting to criticism. Change in sleep patterns. Endless round of parties, sexual promiscuity, vandalism, and heavy drinking. Complaints of headaches, stomach pain, low back pain or fatigue. Always talking about death or suicide attempts. For teen suicide warning signs, see teen suicide and depression.
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To help teen depression and suicide, pay close attention to your children behaviors, especially the teenagers. A teen with depression will show some or all of the above signs of teenage depression. So don’t ignore any negative changes you notice in them. When you think your teen may be suffering from depression, quickly arrange for them to see a therapist. Therapy treatment is often more effective for treating teenage depression than antidepressant medicine. Antidepressants are only recommended for teenagers in certain circumstances.
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