How do you recognize depression in teens?
Most of us tend to associate depression with adults; however, this can hit teenagers as well. The signs of depression in teens might be a bit different form the way it’s expressed among adults. Here’s how you can recognize it.
Common causes of teen depression
Teenagers are going through a phase of change as they move towards adulthood. There are physical, mental and many emotional changes. They might face depression due to a wide variety of reasons; some of the common ones are feeling upset over their grades, feeling physically unattractive, bullying, social status with peers, sexual orientation and so on.
Symptoms of teen depression
Some of the key symptoms of teen depression are quite noticeable. Their behaviour and thinking patterns would change drastically. They may withdraw from friends and family and stay inside their bedroom for hours. They might not feel like going to school or college and participating in any social activities. They may sleep excessively or on the contrary may stay awake all night. They may eat excessively or lose interest in food. They might have frequent complaints of feeling sick.
They could suddenly turn very rebellious and get into undesirable criminal activities such as shoplifting, abusing alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity. They might feel anxious or have trouble focusing. School grades could drop. Irresponsible behaviour such as skipping school, forgetting to do a regular chore and so on.
They could exhibit feelings of sadness and hopelessness. They might lose their temper more frequently. There might even be an unhealthy preoccupation with death and dying.
Treatment for teen depression
Teen depression is treated through a combination of medication and pschotherapy. The teen might need plenty of support and help from family, school and peers. Over time, the teen should be able to overcome depression.