As the parent of the teenager, you may often feel like you are riding an emotional roller coaster. All teens can be prone to mood swings, but it’s important to realize when you are dealing with more than just normal hormonal changes. If your child is suffering from depression, they are going to need your help to get through it. This is not something that often goes away without professional treatment. But how do you know the difference between a normal moody teenager and depression? There are symptoms that you should be aware of and you should always consult a profession if you are unsure.
Around 20% of teens struggle with depression and suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in teens. Depression is a serious problem and one warning sign is a decline in school performance. If you see that your teen is starting to do poorly in school, it could be time to get help. Other signs may include high risk behavior, substance abuse, and trouble with relationships. These may be your child’s way of crying out for help.
Depressed teens will often make vague complaints about illnesses or pain even though nothing appears to be physically wrong with them. They may stop enjoying the things that they used to and may become more reserved and seem sad most of the time. Changes in eating habits, anxiety, anger, and irritability can also be symptoms of depression.
Those suffering from depression often have trouble sleeping. They may sleep for long periods, but still seem tired when they wake up. They may also suffer from insomnia. These troubles can lead to problems with focus and concentrations which can further exacerbate problems in school.
Always seek professional help immediately if your teen mentions harming themselves or anyone else. Teens with depression often commit suicide and many of them succeed on the first try. While therapy and medications can be extremely helpful, it may take some time to find the combination that works best for your teen. This is why it is so important to seek help at the first sign of a problem.