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Signs of Teenage Depression -Teenage Suicide and Prevention

Updated on May 4, 2017

Teenage Depression

Teenagers that are depressed can't function properly in school or with their friends.
Teenagers that are depressed can't function properly in school or with their friends. | Source

Teenage Depression

Teenage depression is on the rise. Teens are faced with so many issues and pressure in today's world and they don't know how to handle it. Today, kids are really faced with peer pressure and being perfect. On television, we show nothing but glitz and glamour so kids think that's the way things are supposed to be like. The real world says you are to be yourself and love yourself. The teenage world, seems to think not the real world is wrong and doesn't know what they are talking about. See above picture.

Teens Have a Lot of Pressure

Not wanting to talk to anyone and being solitary, is a sign of depression
Not wanting to talk to anyone and being solitary, is a sign of depression

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 and others, that's considered "not talking." That's how they are telling you something is wrong, but not wanting to tell you. Kids don't think parents know anything. They think we are over-stating, overbearing, and over exaggerating circumstances. Kids don't think adults were ever a teenager and we never had problems. 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 you child is showing any symptoms at all, and you are wondering in your mind, your hunch may be good enough. That's enough to start taking steps to find out what's going on. Don't assume everything will be okay, we as parents seem to think that we went through our stages and children will make it through, but guess what? Not all kids handle it the same way. So, please remember this most important thing: If your teen may be trying to tell you something by NOT talking.

High School Popularity

Your teen may have low self esteem if he/she isn't popular in school. Talk to your teen and let them know you are proud of them if they're on the football team or if they're singing in choir. It's important they know you love no matter what path
Your teen may have low self esteem if he/she isn't popular in school. Talk to your teen and let them know you are proud of them if they're on the football team or if they're singing in choir. It's important they know you love no matter what path

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 once. We weren't always old. We had boyfriend/girlfriend trouble, we were all picked at sometime in our life. It's life, and you have to learn how to deal with life. You will have trials and tribulations forever, and it's the way it is. Join a church youth group as they are great supporters.

Spying on Your Kids May Be Necessary

Spying on your children or snooping around may be wrong, however; it may be your only choice to find out what is going on.
Spying on your children or snooping around may be wrong, however; it may be your only choice to find out what is going on.

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 spying or 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 hoowecer, 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

Sleeping during day or going in room and ignoring family is a sign of depression.
Sleeping during day or going in room and ignoring family is a 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 Interpretation from experience of teenage depression:

  • 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
  • forgetfullness
  • preoccupation with death and dying
  • rebelling
  • 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

Bullying in School
Bullying in School | Source

Teenage Girls (Important Information)

Treatment for Depression

There are treatments available for depression, 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.


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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you for the lovely comments. I do hope that it has helped some parent as a parent myself I understand and you want the best for your child. When you gave birth an instruction booklet did not come out Attached unfortunately

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      Depression.. needforhealth.wordpress.com 4 years ago

      Great hub and nicely presented . I think you have given a practical information which is very helpful for the teens to get rid of the depression. Thanks for sharing.

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      writtenbylv 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

      Thank you!!! :)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      You too! You earned a follow by me!

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      writtenbylv 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

      Oh I am so glad to know that! And you are so very welcome. Many blessings to you and your family. :)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      I could not totally agree more with you on what is lingering on in their minds. No worries about being long winded, you helped some other parent, (and me) as well. Thank you again

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      writtenbylv 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

      Sorry so long winded Weezy, but I took this article to heart, because I listen to other people's teens everyday, and I think some parents would be surprised at what some of their teens are really going through.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you so much. You are totally right about your issues

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      writtenbylv 5 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

      Oh my God! What a great article about an issue that is so overlooked by parents and teachers. I work with teenagers, and a average day for me is snooping, being approached by teens that are contemplating suicide, peer pressure, bad grades, being molested, their bodies and how they look, being forced into religious beliefs, being bullied, abused, not having food at home, or living in really bad situations created by their parents that the teen blames his/herself for creating. I make it a point to walk right up and pick up their notebooks, drawings, or journals right in front of them and brouse their work, while complimenting them on something. This usually breaks the ice over me snooping. The fact is that every teenager that I've met, WANTS their parents to care and know about what's going on in their lives but they are afraid to tell them the whole truth, about how they really feel, for fear of backlash. The problem is, as parents we are so busy with everyday hazzles, that all we see, is out point of view and how we don't want them to make the same mistake(s)that we did, all the while forgetting that we did make the same mistake(s)! So we come across as saying we care and want to hear their problems, but our actions translate as I really can't deal with you making bad choices, that you should know better than to make?! Parents really....that person slamming around the house, that barely has a word to speak to you, unless they seem to want something, is really you a long time ago. Listen to your teen, because talking to them can easily turn into yelling at them, and missing the whole point of what's going on in their lives. The very things that we used to think were the end of the world, is the same things that they are dealing with, we just forgot that we went through the same things, because with age we tend to have selective memory. Great article! Voted up!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you Ana, I'm sure there is a lot more information I missed, and anything anyone else would like to add is more than welcome! Anything to help the kids

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you mary..I heard something vaguely about the cinnamon challenge, but I will have to check into it further. Thank you for that information.

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      Ana Louis 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Great hub. You have given some important information in this hub. It will benefit any parent who reads it.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you! you are so very welcome

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      As a mother and grandmother, I am concerned about teenagers and what they go through in life. It isn't easy for them. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the dangers of this new cinnamon challenge that I wrote a Hub about. Teens just want to be accepted, I think. Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is a great hub on such an important topic in today's world. Parents often do not know the signs and often ignore the needs of their teen. Behavior is a signal in what is going on in a teen's life. Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      thank you for replying to this article. Parents do need to pay attention and not just think it's always a phase. Sometimes, the phases can turn into more serious problems.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      I agree so much Kimberly. If it helps to save their life, then spy away. You never know what kind of troubles they are having.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Wow, thank you for sharing rave, and I am so sorry to hear about your bullying issues. I appreciate your honesty and for commenting. Any thing you add to this, may help a parent to know what to look for. It is hard to grow up, and teens just don't understand everything will pass. If I only could have realized that when I was a teen, I would have enjoyed it more.

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      rave1432 5 years ago from Rome, GA

      It is nice to see a mother who cares. I was a teen recently who went through the issues of being bullied and made fun of on a normal basis. I did not keep anything that could tell anyone anything. I was always the quiet person so no one really saw any difference. There are not always warning signs. If your teen starts wearing wrist bands or sleeves constantly, check under them, they could be cutting themselves. I didn't do that but my sister, who is in high school now, did.

      Parents need to teach their children that words are words. If these other kids and teens are causing physical harm, then there needs to be something done about it. Parents need to teach their children that it will pass, and try not to worry about it. Make the teen or child feel special by doing something with them that they want to do to cheer them up. Try to keep up with them, talk to them, go in their room and spend time with them even if they do not want to talk. It will come out eventually. Well for my sister it did. Her dad and my mom split up, she went with her dad, and I stayed with my mom. My mom kicked me out my senior year in high school on Christmas eve for her husband. It is really nice to see a mother who cares. Never give up on your kids or teens and kids, no matter how much it irritates them.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Really important issue. It is so importan to connect with your all of your children daily. Spying isn't so bad if you have some reason, a parent needs to know what is going on with there children. Good hub voted up.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      A wealth of information. Sometimes parents just need to pay attention to the warning signs so they can identify the cause of their child's behavior.Voted up!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      This is a wonderful hub filled with important information! Staying tuned in to your teenager is critical! I can't imagine a more important parental job. I agree with your position on snooping also. We can't protect our kids if we don't know what's going on with them. A parents job isn't an easy one but it is the most important job on earth. Voted up and shared :)

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