How Do I Know If My Teenager Is Depressed?

How Do I Know If My Teenager Is Depressed?

Another email from the principal informing me that my child continues to get in trouble at school though we have done all we know to do.  I feel I have reached my limit, weighed down by hopelessness and desperation – I just don’t know where to turn. Her violent outbursts have steadily increased over the last year.  At first, we thought it was a phase due to the new school, but our concern has continued to grow as we have watched the issues persist.

Maybe I haven’t asked the right question.  Is my child or teen depressed?  Could my teen’s angry and aggressive behavior be due to depression?

It could be the blues or it could be more.  Yes, everyone feels “down” sometimes, but when it persists for a longer period of time, it could be more than just “a touch off the blues”.  And depression doesn’t always show itself as sadness, but according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), can be displayed in a wide variety of symptoms.  The NIMH lists the symptoms of teen depression as:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment. (1)

 

Each teen may not exhibit all of those symptoms and may express each one differently.  Despite the different ways each person lives with depression, it is very important to get help fast.  Studies funded by the NIMH and other organizations have shown that depression in young people often goes hand-in-hand with anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.

Reading that list of symptoms and seeing those in your child can be scary.   Anytime our children are in pain and suffering, it’s always a hard and scary thing.  What can be even more difficult is knowing the right course of action to help your child, or maybe you are still unsure where your child falls on the spectrum of severity – because we all know that it is not always black and white but that each person deals with their pain in a very personal way.

 

 

 

(1)  www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml#part_145397

To offer help and a small piece of guidance as loved ones look for help for the teens in their life, we have developed free assessment to help ask the questions some may not think to ask and to help direct parents and guardians to treatment centers located in their area that is equipped to help each child with their depression, anxiety, eating disorder, suicidal ideation, or other disorder.

Below is a link for the free assessment mentioned in the paragraph above.  Take a few minutes to do the assessment, answering as honestly as possible, no matter how hard that may be. Doing so will make your search for answers about helping your teen a lot easier and a lot faster.

 

To offer help and a small piece of guidance as loved ones look for help for the teens in their life, we have developed free assessment to help ask the questions some may not think to ask and to help direct parents and guardians to treatment centers located in their area that is equipped to help each child with their depression, anxiety, eating disorder, suicidal ideation, or other disorder.

Below is a link for the free assessment mentioned in the paragraph above.  Take a few minutes to do the assessment, answering as honestly as possible, no matter how hard that may be. Doing so will make your search for answers about helping your teen a lot easier and a lot faster.

 

Willows Springs Center

North Star Treatment Center

North Star Treatment Center offers teenage residential programs to provide help for troubled teens ages 12-17 years old, who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse, Addiction, Low self esteem, ADD/ADHD, behavioral, emotional and mental health issues.

How Do I Know If My Teenager Is Depressed?

How Do I Know If My Teenager Is Depressed? By Dr. August May | Dec. 23rd, 2015
Another email from the principal informing me that my child continues to get in trouble at school though we have done all we know to do.  I feel I have reached my limit, weighed down by hopelessness and desperation – I just don’t know where to turn. Her violent outbursts...