Signs of
Depression is Not A Sign
of Weakness...

...it means you’ve been strong for too long.

Signs of Depression

If you often find your teenager sad and lonely; and you feel that he/she has lost interest in activities that he/she previously used to enjoy, then he/she might be suffering from depression.

Depression is a serious medical problem which can affect your teen emotionally, physically and mentally; and sometimes even lead to drug abuse, self-loathing and suicide.

According to sources, teen suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in people of ages between 15 and 24. And this is exactly why professional help should be sought timely before you lose your teen.

Causes of Teenage Deprssion

The partial multiple causes of depression among teenagers include:

  • Social/peer pressure
  • Low self-esteem
  • Changes in the body’s balance of hormones 
  • Childhood trauma
  • Family conflicts
  • Learned patterns of negative thinking

Signs of Depression in Cleveland

Signs of Depression Cleveland

Differentiating between normal teenage moodiness and teenage depression for parents is quite tricky but extremely important, to identify and help their teen resume a normal and happy life.

To help you with this, here are some common signs of teenage depression:

  • Feeling of hopelessness and sadness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Irritability, feeling of anger and frustration
  • Sensitive to rejection
  • Need excessive reassurance
  • Frequent thoughts of death
  • Changes in appetite such as overeating or decreased appetite
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Withdrawal from family and friends

Steps for Parents to Take to Help Their Depressed Teen

Here are some steps you can take to help your teen come out of depression without harming him/herself:

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Provide Support

Let your teen know that you are there for him/her and will support him/her unconditionally. Avoid asking too many questions; instead let him/her open up by lending an ear.

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Be Kind and Persistent

It’s natural for a teenager to be rebellious. So, it is possible that he/she may shut you out at first. In times like these, be kind and respectful to him/her and emphasize that you are concerned and willing to listen to his/her problems. Stay persistent, don’t give up!

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Listen but Don’t Lecture

When your teen is ready to spill the beans, try to listen to him/her carefully rather than judging and lecturing. Make sure to resist your urge to criticize and make judgments. This will help your teen communicate better without being rebellious.

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Seek Professional Help

If you feel your teenager has serious depression, then it is advisable to seek professional help. Get in touch with ‘Let’s Talk Jenna’. Here we listen, talk and provide help to teenagers struggling with depression. Call us on our toll free number 800-4-1-VOICE (86423) ext 359.

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