Teenage depression can be confusing for parents. The teenage years are filled with fear and apprehension, but for the most part balanced out by friendships, school achievement and extracurricular activities. Teens are testing limits, pushing boundaries and developing a sense of self. Being a teenager is life being on a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and in-betweens. Depression is different in that it can affect a teen’s personality and development of self.
Signs Your Teen Could be Depressed
- tearful or frequent crying
- loss of interest in activities
- change in appetite
- restless or agitated
- thoughts of death or suicide
How do I know if my teenager is “being a teenager” or is depressed?
You want to look at the length of time you have noticed some of the above signs. Are they persistent or getting worse? How different are they acting compared to their “normal” self?
What can I do to help my teen?
Be honest and open with them. Let them know you are concerned. Listen to what they have to say without passing judgement. Let them know you are there to support them and help them through this difficult time.
If you are a teen or know of a teen who could be struggling with depression. Please contact me so we can get support in place.