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Understanding and Dealing with Teenage Depression

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Anamika S. Jain has been a social media consultant for six years. She has written more than 200 articles on relationships and dating.

Teen Depression - How to spot a Depressed Teenager

Many Parents would agree that being the parent of a teenager is a lot different than having a child going to elementary school, a toddler or an infant. I have been there myself giving constant headaches and nightmares to my parents. Teenager is the phase where the natural transition from child to adult takes place. A Teenager has a different set of problems and need to be properly understood to manage them effectively. We daily come across cases where teenagers commit suicide, used drugs or acted rebelliously at home or school which are consequences of not handling a teenager properly. Teen Depression is a mental health problem which is widely prevalent among teenagers and need to be spotted fast to cure the situation. This is a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life understanding and dealing with it is very important.

If untreated Teenage Depression can lead to constant problems at school or home, running away from home, drug or alcohol abuse, low self esteem, internet addiction, eating disorders, suicide, reckless behavior, self injury, violence etc. So it is very important for the parents to spot a depressed son or daughter. It isn’t always easy to differentiate between teen depression and the normal teenage moodiness related to this growing up phase. However, you can look for some of the Signs or Symptoms to spot a Depressed Teenager.

Understanding Teenage Depression Symptoms and Dealing with it
Understanding Teenage Depression Symptoms and Dealing with it

Signs or Symptoms of Teenage Depression

Here are some of the Symptoms or Signs to spot a depressed teenager.

  • Feeling of misery.
  • Self-harming tendency
  • anger or hostility
  • Frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • A moodiness with a regular pattern
  • Disturbed sleep or sleeping more than usual.
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Difficulty in concentration and forgetfulness often accompanied by bad marks at school or punishments from teachers
  • Lack of energy, enthusiasm or motivation
  • Lack of interest in things they normally love.
  • Low self-esteem and guilt.
  • Not taking care of appearance
  • Regular excuses of illness
  • Eating less or over eating
  • Worries about future and Hopelessness
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism
  • Thoughts or Talks of death or suicide

Noting some of these symptoms helps in understanding and treating Teen Depression. Family and friends can help in the early stages by talking things through with the depressed teenager. If you spot your teenager sliding towards depression, you must tackle it straight away by getting counseling or other help for your child.

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    Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Sandra & Nicole: I can understand. The stress and pressures in the growing up stage is quite huge and things like this do happen sometimes. You should share how you feel with Parents or older people you are close to and come out of the situation. Maybe even they have gone through what you are going through or known people in the similar situation and can help you or get an expert to help you. Write to me about what makes you feel the way you are feeling and maybe I can be of some help. Hugs ~ Anamika

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    Nicole. 6 years ago

    This was really informative.

    All the symptoms relate to me,

    But I believe that somethings triggered my depression,

    So what do I do now?

    I have older people to talk to,

    But they can't always be there..

    I don't know; its just hard.

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    Sandra 6 years ago

    I think I might have teenage depression but not an extreme case, as most of there symptoms describe what I'm feeling :(

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    p.r.malleswara rao 7 years ago

    thank for giving the subject of teenage depression it relates to parents to deal the sons and daughters who are entered in teenage this age proper carring by the parents is necessary and it will craeate some confidence in them and guidence will create boldness in dealing matters relating to studies and other matter relating to domestic front so parents are responsible for teenage depression and dealing it not difficult but requires little care.

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    Cassandra Mantis 8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    The teenage years are the toughest of all. There are so many things that teenagers have to deal with. They need help to come to terms with the world in all its myriad complexity. Teenagers need good responsible adults who can help them out, and be there for them. More and more teens find they cannot rely on adults due to one thing or another.Teens have issues with contradiction a lot. I sure did. Great hub! Some col wisdom here, Anamika S! : )

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Coolmon2009 : You are right there. Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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    Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

    It is nice to be reminded how difficult the teenage years can be. A teenager isn't a child and they are not grown adults. Good information Good Hub.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

    Anamika S, Very informative hub on Teen Depression! Teens undergo an enormous amount of peer pressure! They also pressure themselves and feel they don't measure up! It is a difficult time because you are no longer a little child and still not quite an adult. Remember they still need hugs!

    It is important to keep the lines of communication open! Look for opportunities to encourage them and build them up! Encourage healthy family activities! Have them invite their friends over so you can see who they spend their time with!

    Low self esteem is a constant challenge! Get them some professional help! Seeking out a counselor that they can relate to is important! Thank you for sharing, Blessings

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    Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    It is certainly not easy to be teenager...this is most sensitive time in human life...

    Thank you for the good Hub.

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    Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    BkCreative : You are so right. Teenagers do need constant care. Thanks for the nice comment.

    Saurabh : Thanks for dropping in.

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    Saurabh 8 years ago

    Thanks for Advice..Many people will find this blog very useful. Thnaks. Carry on.

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    BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Thanks for such an informative hub! Too many parents seem to forget that even teenagers need our constant care - they are not yet adults and certainly not worldly.