Teen depression comes with many faces. The picture you might have of a sad, unkempt teen alone in a dark room playing loud screamo music is not what depression usually looks like. In fact, teen depression may take the face of a peppy cheerleader or a hard working bookworm. Because of this, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of depression in teens.

Light in the darkness

By knowing what the symptoms of depression in teens are, you can ensure that your teen finds the help they need as quickly as possible. Symptoms of depression in teens are displayed through emotional and behavioral changes. These include: 

Emotional Changes

  • Loss of interest in one loved activities 
  • Difficulties thinking, making decisions, recalling things, and concentrating 

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  • Feelings of anger over small, insignificant matters
  • Irritable and frustrated
  • Feeling guilty and worthless
  • Blaming self for past failures, excessive self criticism
  • Feeling sad all the time
  • Frequent crying spells for no reason at all
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, and dying.
  • Need be reassured constantly that they’re doing well
  • Have a bleak outlook on life, such as “life is worthless”
  • Extreme sensitivity to failure and rejection

Behavioral Changes

  • Complaints of unexplained headaches and body aches
  • Self harm, including cutting, burning, excessive piercing and tattooing.
  • Poor school performance
  • Cutting or skipping class
  • Changes in eating and sleep patterns
  • Substance abuse
  • Slowed speech and movements
  • Agitation, unable to sit still
  • Risky behavior such as reckless driving, unsafe sex, and shoplifting

Symptoms of depression in teens vary from person to person, but it’s important to spot the signs before it’s too late. Teen depression sometimes coincides with other emotional and behavioral issues like anxiety, ADHD and OCD. Because of this, it’s important to get your teen help as soon as possible.

Solstice East can help

If your daughter is experiencing symptoms of depression, consider sending her to a residential program to get the help she needs. Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, and other emotional and behavioral issues. With a caring, experienced staff, Solstice East can guide your daughter along a path towards healing.

Solstice East takes a holistic approach to therapy, treating the entire individual rather than a specific “problem area”. Solstice East helps teens build healthy relationships, develop principle driven internal motivations, and learn through experiential therapy.

For more information about how Solstice East can help your teen displaying symptoms of depression, please call 828-484-9946.