Is This A Teen Phase, Or Does My Child Need Help Now?
Teenage depression signs are most times written off as being a teen phase. The same is true for signs of anxiety disorders in children. So, assuming that the cause of the change in behavior is just due to them being a teenager can lead to the depression and anxiety disorders being untreated for years. This was the case with Amy.
More about Amy, and Teenage Depression Signs
Amy was not a great student, but she was always worried about her grades and would end up feeling very sick when there was a test or assignment due. Headache and mood swings were very common, but her parents do not think much of it because other parents told them that it was just a part of being a teen. Amy worked her way through high school with average grades. She avoided graduation because she did not see the point, as she was not friends with any of her classmates and felt sick when she thought about going. Her parents were disappointed in her and made this very clear. Amy left to stay with her friend for a few days, so her parents would calm down. During this time, Amy’s conformation letter for university had arrived. This made her parents so proud, and they started buying Amy the things that she would need for university. When Amy returned home, she was excited to find out about university.
Amy moved into the dorms just before her university classes started and was feeling fine. The headaches, sickness and mood swings had disappeared. However, once classes started, they returned and were much worse. Amy was concerned because she was having headaches 5 to 6 days a week. Amy went to the local clinic to see what was wrong and for treatment. The doctor talked with Amy about when she was getting headaches and overall feeling sick. The doctor became worried when Amy told her that she had been having headaches and feeling sick off and on for years. After some time, the doctor recommended that Amy make an appointment to see a mental health professional since this sounded like anxiety disorder. Amy took the doctor’s recommendation and saw mental health professional. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, which should have been found by her family doctor when she was a teen because she had many teenage depression signs. So, Amy informed her parents about her diagnoses, and they were shocked that what they thought was just a phase was a mental health condition.
It is hard to figure out what is due to hormones and what are teenage depression signs. As a parent, you may not want to think about your child showing signs of anxiety disorders in children. Mental health has a stigma, but not getting help with adolescent anxiety puts your child at high risk of dangerous behavior as they get older. Here are some teenage depression signs:
- Large decrease in school performance.
- Decrease in their enjoyment levels when doing things they loved.
- Huge changes in eating and sleeping patterns.
- Increased aggression and decreased obedience.
- Very suspicious of other people.
- Hearing and seeing things others are not.
- Substance Abuse (which includes caffeine)
- Illegal and Other Thrill-Seeking Behavior.
- Physical Symptoms including body pains, headaches, and stomach aches.
- Problems with attention, concentration, or memory.
- Huge neglect of personal hygiene and appearance.
- Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety.
There are many other teenage depression signs, and your teen may not show any of the above signs and still have depression. Mental health is a very personal topic, and it can be very difficult to know what signs to look for. If you are concerned about your teen’s behavior, you should speak with their doctor about these changes and why you are concerned. You should also speak with your teenager to see how they have been feeling and if they have noticed anything really different about their behavior. Having an open dialog about their health is important because mental health conditions can be treated, and teens and adults with these conditions can live normal and happy lives when they receive the correct treatment.
There is help for at risk teens and help with adolescent anxiety available can help your teen. To find out about the programs that we offer for at risk teens and teens who have depression or anxiety disorders, please feel free to contact us for more information.
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