Warning Signs of Teenage Depression: Learn What Symptoms To Watch For
Teenage depression is on the rise as they are faced with so many issues and pressure in today's world and they don't know how to handle it.
Today, kids are dealing with extraordinary peer pressure and being perfect. On television, we show nothing but glitz and glamour. When that is what they see, that is all they know. Parents say you are to be yourself. The teenage world, seems to think a parents world is wrong and doesn't know what we are talking about and/or understand what they are going through.
Teens Have a Lot of Pressure
Your Teen Is Talking To You By Not Talking
I think if your child is not talking to you and avoiding you like the plague, they may be having symptoms of depression but not wanting to tell you; kids don't think parents know anything. They think we are over-stating, overbearing and over exaggerating circumstances. They don't think adults were ever a teenager and we never had problems or would understand.
The only thing that I can say, in their behalf, is that they don't have the same kind of problems as we had when we were young. If your child is showing any symptoms at all-or you are getting concerned, your hunch may be good enough that something is going on. It's enough to start taking steps to talk to your child. Don't assume everything will be okay; as parents, we seem to think that we went through our stages and our kids will make it through.
Not all teens handle it the same way. So, please remember this most important thing: Again, your child may be trying to tell you something by not talking.
High School Popularity
Pressure To Be Popular
One of the bigger problems teens have trouble with is being popular. Face it, we wanted to be popular in High School too. Kids want to fit in and be accepted wherever they go. They want people to like them and tell them everything. That's normal of course, but the problem seems to escalate to other things and more problems nowadays. If you aren't a cheerleader or a football player, teens seem to think they aren't popular. High School is so different than it will be when they get to college, and they just don't realize it.
Kids that are popular in high school, have a tiny bit of a chance of being popular in college. However; another thing they don't realize is that there really isn't such a thing as being popular in college. A lot of college students are adults in their 30's and 40's. They aren't going to college to be popular, but to make something out of their lives. If only kids could see that now. If there are any teens reading this article, please know-Things will get better! Your life seems horrible and that nothing will ever get better. Remember, all adults say the same thing and if you want to know why, it's because we were there onceweren't always old
Your kids forget or don't think we had our share boyfriend/girlfriend trouble, our hearts broken and we were all picked at sometime in our time. Unfortunately, it's life, and you have to learn how to deal with it and embrace it. You will have trials and tribulations forever, and it's the way it is. Join a church youth group as they are great supporters.
Should You Snoop?
How To Find Out What's Going On With Your Child
I'm sure I am going to have a lot of people that will disagree with me, but hear me out before you think I'm a bad mother. I believe in snooping on your teen, when it's necessary. I know it's an invasion of their privacy, and they deserve to have their privacy; but sometimes, it's warranted and you would be surprised at what is going on with your child.
If your child won't talk to you, and you can't find a reason for his/her isolation, then perhaps you need to sit and ask your child what is going on with his/her life. Don't be surprised however, if you get an answer as this: "Nothing is wrong! Why do you keep bugging me about it?"
Sleeping During Day is Sign of Depression
Symptoms of Depression
Some symptoms of teenage depression that you can watch out for: Some of these symptoms listed are from my own experience, and not my the medical perspective. Please watch your child. I cannot stress enough how important it is to not just take for granted your child is going through a Hormonal stage and they will get through it. Unless you intervene somehow, some way, things will progressively get worse. I'm not saying every depressed teenager is going to commit suicide, but even if it's just if they are having a rough time.
My Experience of Teenage Depression Interpretation
- Irritable -you will notice this pattern up and down every other day.Comes home from school and/or work, and says they are tired & go straight to bed. (almost every night)
- Weight loss or weight gain (noticeable)
- Can't seem to find things they just put away. Blames you for everything
- If you notice your child seems to have done a total 360 in the way he/she used to talk to you. (Tell you things that usually they would never say to you)
Again, I am not a Dr., I am a mother. Please read below from the medical standpoint of teenage depression. Still, a mother knows their child whether any of these fit, who knows, but Mother knows best.
Medical Interpretation of Teenage Depression
- difficulty making decisions
- excessive guilt
- irresponsible behavior
- weight loss or gain
- preoccupation with death and dying
- Sad or seem anxious
- up all night and sleeps during day
- sudden drop in grades
- using alcohol or drugs
- withdrawal from friends
- almost total isolation
Bullying and Awareness
What Treatments Are Available For Depression?
Treatment for Depression
There are treatments available; however; use of medication is not always the best choice, but if it is used, please be careful because there are studies that show young adults who are prescribed anti-depressants, can also increase suicidal tendencies. Try taking your teen to a therapist first. See what the therapist recommends. They may want to make it a family counseling if they may think it will help. If the depression is severe, it may require a combination of medicines (anti-depressants) and therapy.
Take your teen's depression seriously, as teenage suicide is a drastic choice, but not out of the question if your teen has a serious problem. It's not going to be easy to figure out which route to take on treatment, but with a good health professional that you can trust, you can at least try to help your child make it through these tough teen years. It's crucial that you make every attempt and don't take anything with a grain of salt. That grain can turn into a mountain.