Teen Depression Symptoms
Some physical symptoms of depression in teenagers include:
- A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns -- either an increase or a decrease
- Frequent complaints of physical illness such as headaches and stomachaches
- Low energy.
Mental teen depression symptoms may include:
- Poor concentration
- Thoughts or expressions of death, suicide, or self-destructive behavior
- Difficulty making decisions.
Emotional symptoms of teenage depression may include:
- Frequent sadness, tearfulness, or crying
- Empty or hopeless feelings
- Feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness, and guilt
- Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
- Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
- Worry that a parent may die.
Behavioral teen depression symptoms may include:
- Decreased interest in activities or an inability to enjoy former favorite activities
- Persistent boredom
- Withdrawal from other teenagers and adults
- Lack of communication with others
- Difficulty with relationships
- Pretending to be sick or refusing to go to school
- Poor performance in school
- Talk of, or efforts to, run away from home
- Substance abuse.
If you notice one or more of these possible symptoms of depression or are worried that your teenager might be depressed, don't panic! It doesn't necessarily mean your teenager has depression. But if he or she does have depression, the good news is that depression is a treatable illness -- and you can help your teenager get better.