Adolescent Depression is Real
Rebelliousness, moodiness, egocentrism are a naturally occurring part of the teenage years. However, when sadness, hopelessness, and hostility go on over a long period of time, your teen may be dealing with depression. Depression is a sustained, consistent miasma of sadness, lack of self-worth, and hopelessness. If left untreated, adolescent depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, self-loathing, pregnancy, and suicide.
If you’re concerned that your teen may be depressed, here are a few things to look for:
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Irritability, anger, or hostility
- Tearfulness or frequent crying
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Loss of interest in activities
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Restlessness or agitation
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Lack of motivation
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Depression needs to be treated. It cannot be overcome by willpower and it can have serious consequences if left untreated. Depression is very treatable, but only one in five depressed teens actually receive treatment. Teens rely on parents, teachers, and other caregiver to notice their symptoms and get them help, so if your teen is exhibiting the symptoms above, seek help immediately.