Often, responsible parents do not recognize teen depression. The symptoms can be mistaken for the child “just being a teen.” Many teens often complain about being tired.
Teens go through difficult times, especially during their teenage years where they are often faced with many challenges. One of the most challenging parts of their lives is the depression they face. There are many other words for depression other than just “depression”, but what matters is that they are really facing depression. It’s important to understand the signs, so that you know what to do when your teen’s depression becomes too much to handle.
In addition, they go through gloomy periods or come across as irritable at the dinner table. Yet, such common issues may be the beginnings of a more serious depressive episode.
One of the most common symptoms of depression in teens is “a feeling of worthlessness.” Many feel that they are not worthwhile members of society. It can be a difficult feeling to overcome because a teen feels that they are a burden to others. They might feel that they are a burden to their family and to their friends, and they may begin to withdraw from society. Others may turn to drug addiction, alcoholism or violence. In order to help a teen get past this feeling, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of teen depression.
It is a serious issue that can have long-term effects on a teen’s development, as well as the development of those who care about them. In this blog, we provide a list of ways to tell that a teen may be suffering from depression, as well as some tips to help those suffering from depression.
Interesting Facts About Teen Depression.
- 20% of teens will experience depression before reaching adulthood
- 15% of those teens will eventually develop bipolar disorder
- 14% of teens suffered from depression within the last 12 months
- 80% of teens never receive help for their depression
- Depression increases a teen’s risk for attempting suicide by 12 times
- An estimated 30% of teens suffering with depression also develop substance use problems
- Academic stress
- Traumatic events
- Romantic problems
- Divorcing parents.
Signs and Symptoms
4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs as to their intentions.
- Changes in appetite
- Inability to have fun
- Crankiness and irritability
- Feeling tired all the time
- Overall sadness
Also check out our infographic about teen anxiety.