Looking back, I often wonder if I suffered from depression as a teen.
The reason why recognizing true depression symptoms when it comes to teenagers can be so difficult is mostly because adolescents are often moody, to begin with. During the teen years, hormones take quite a toll on the typical teenager causing irritability on a regular basis. This can make it hard for parents to read the signals their child may be sending when it is more than just typical teenage behavior. However, it is very important to recognize when your child may truly need help. Here are a few signs to pay attention to:
- Withdrawal from typical activities or events that used to be enjoyable to your teen
- Low energy throughout the day or a lack of desire to get out of bed despite getting adequate sleep at night
- A dramatic change in academic performance at school and a lack of concern from your teen regarding the change
The trick to helping your child through this difficult time comes from recognizing these symptoms and addressing them with your child if there seems to be several present at the same time. Noticing the signs early and intervening is crucial for teens. Depression in teens is a growing concern in our society and should not be taken lightly.