Most teenagers have days where their energy is low and they feel down or have the “blahs.” These moments usually coincide with life stressors that a teenager is facing and typically are short-lived. Some teenagers, however, experience depression, which is a much deeper and more lasting problem than a typical “down day.” Because teenagers tend to be impulsive and have fewer skills to deal with emotional problems, they are prone to act out their feelings in destructive ways. As a result, it is important to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in teenagers.
Signs of Depression in Teenagers
- Poor school performance
- Outbursts of anger or rage
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Overreaction to criticism
- Sadness and feelings of hopelessness
- Low energy and lack of motivation
- Poor self-esteem or irrational guilt
- Agitation and restlessness
- Defiance of authority
- Substance abuse
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Difficulty making decisions and concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide or dying
If you notice signs of depression in your teenager, don’t ignore it and hope that it goes away. Get them help. Early intervention matters.
New Dimensions Can Help!
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.