Warning Signs for Teen Depression

13 Apr

All alone in a vast expanseTeens experience lots of emotional ups and downs, but it is important for parents to know the warning signs when depression persists.  Most parents know when something is “off” with their child, so it is important to trust your gut and take action.

  • The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry recommends watching for the following signs of depression in kids and teens:
    • frequent sadness, tearfulness, or crying
    • decreased interest in activities or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
    • hopelessness
    • persistent boredom; low energy
    • social isolation; poor communication
    • low self-esteem; guilt
    • extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
    • increased irritability, anger, or hostility
    • difficulty with relationships
    • frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
    • frequent absences from or poor performance in school
    • poor concentration
    • a major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
    • talk of or efforts to run away from home
  • Take any suicidal threats seriously.  Any comments or actions your teenager makes about suicide are cries for help, and it is important that parents respond.
  • Being informed is key to addressing these type of concerns.  Times of transition are particularly risky, so be vigilant.
  • If you need assistance finding local or residential resources for your struggling teen Prepare To Bloom can help.  You can reach us at (650)888-4575 or
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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Families, Mental Health


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