Teen Depression Warning Signs

Teenagers face a lot of pressures in life, from changes in their body as they reach puberty to asking themselves who they are and where they fit in. This natural transition from child to adult can also ensue conflict with parents as teens begin to assert their independence.

Too make things worse, depressed teens do not necessarily appear sad, nor do they always withdraw from others, and in some cases, signs of irritability, aggression, and rage are more prominent.

How does a parent know their teenage child is suffering from depression? Here are the following symptoms:

  • A feeling of sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility.
  • Frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death and suicide

If you are still unsure if your child is depressed or just undergoing normal adolescent transition, check how long the symptoms have been present, how severe they are, and how different your teen is acting from his or her usual self.