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A dangerous sadness: Symptoms of teen depression

A dangerous sadness: Symptoms of teen depression

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When teens lock themselves away in their rooms, it can be hard to tell if they’re just expressing teen angst or something far more serious. When it is something serious, it’s important to take immediate action. Teen depression occurs in about 20 percent of the teen population before they become adults. Knowing the signs and symptoms of teen depression could save your teen’s life. 1.8 million teens have thought about committing suicide at their worst or most recent period of depression. By helping your teen now, you could potentially save their life.

Signs and symptoms of teen depression

Symptoms of teen depression may be difficult to perceive in teens because of their naturally changing moods. However, here are a few clear emotional and behavioral signs of teen depression to watch out for:

Emotional symptoms:

  • Sadness, including frequent unexplained crying spells
  • Not interested in pleasurable activities
  • Feeling that life and the future is grim and bleak
  • Irritability and anger over small issues
  • Conflict with family and friends
  • Not interested in the lives of others
  • Often thinks about death and suicide

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Fatigue, or low energy
  • Increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Decreased appetite and weight loss
  • Unable to sit still, or generally agitated
  • Poor school performance
  • Risky, dangerous behavior
  • Slowed thinking, body movements or speaking
  • Self harm
  • Sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Not caring about appearance- messy hair, clothes

Reaching out

Talk to your teen about what’s going on in their lives. They may just need someone to talk to. From there, you can determine whether or not this is a serious issue or something they can overcome with time. Either way, it’s best to seek professional help for teen depression. You’re really better safe than sorry when it comes to teen depression.

Solstice East can help

If teen depression is consuming your teen’s life, it may be time to consider other options for them. Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 with a comprehensive, individualized clinical program designed to help your girl’s specific needs. Solstice East seeks to treat the whole person rather than a specific “problem area”, like teen depression.

For more information about Solstice East, please call 828-484-9946.