Asking yourself if your teen could be suffering from depression? I was.
Having a teenager presents a whole new world of experiences and concerns. They begin driving, dating, looking for their first job, and enter high school.
My oldest will be a freshman in high school next year and I can’t help but think back to when I was her age. Life is sure different, and all we can do is stay connected to our children, be there for them, and be aware. Aware of all sorts of things, even the signs your teen could be suffering from depression.
“Every day there is an average of 5,400 suicide attempts among young people grades seven through 12. One in ten teens develop a depressive disorder before the age of 16.” – TeenSafe
7 Signs Your Teen Could Be
Suffering from Depression
1. Addicted to the Internet – Kids may go online to escape their problems, but excessive computer/mobile use and screen time only increases their isolation, making them more depressed with feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
2. Jokes About Committing Suicide – Kids who talk or joke about committing suicide may be suffering from depression. Your teen may be writing comments on social media saying things like “I’d be better off dead.”
3. Has Violent Outburst – Violence is most common in kids (especially teenagers) who are victims of cyberbullying. Their self-hatred can develop into homicidal rage.
4. Skips School – Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties. At school, this may lead to poor attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with schoolwork.
5. Becomes Reckless – Depressed teenagers may engage in dangerous or high-risk behavior, such as reckless driving, out-of-control drinking and unsafe sex.
6. Loses Interest in Activities – Kids and teens who are depressed may lose interest in sports or activities they used to enjoy, because they have the reduced ability to function in events and social activities.
7. Critical Comments – Depressed kids are overly sensitive to rejection and may make harsh critical comments about themselves. These feelings of worthlessness can stem from trouble in teenage relationships.
I want to add that I am not a doctor, nor do I have a degree in mental health. What I am is a parent sharing with other parents, and if it helps even one person I have done my job.
This signs and infographic are thanks to TeenSafe, who aims to empower parents with the tools to monitor and manage a child’s online activity in order to help know when they need to open up a dialogue and start a conversation.