4285 Teen-Depression

Teen Depression

Teen Depression

"Teen depression is a serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities." Your teen may have difficulty thinking and behaving and can also cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Research has shown that one out of every eight adolescents has teen depression. There are several factors that may be involved and some of them are a teen's biological chemistry, hormones, inherited traits, early childhood trauma or learned patterns of negative thinking.

If the following symptoms last for 2 weeks or longer, it may be time for to talk to your teen's doctor:

• Irritability, frustration, anger even over small issues

• Crying spells for no apparent reason

• Loss of pleasure and interest in activities one enjoyed

• Extreme sensitivity to criticism, rejection or failure

• Trouble concentrating, thinking, making decisions or remembering things

• Suicidal thoughts

• Use of alcohol and drugs

• Insomnia or sleeping too much

• Poor school performance

• Disruptive or risky behaviour

• Unexplained body aches

• Neglected appearance

• Self-harm such as cutting

If you feel that your teen is suffering from depression, don't wait to get help! Be supportive because your teen needs to know that he or she is valued, accepted and cared for!

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