Here are some key symptoms of depression to be on the lookout for teens.
The book explains and gives examples of each these.
A combination of any of these symptoms for two weeks might mean depression.
Consult a doctor or therapist to determine if you or your teen suffers from depression or another mood disorder.
- Missed classes or poor school performance
- Drop in grades and inability to concentrate
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Prolonged, persistent sad or irritable mood
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Low self-esteem or guilt
- Sleeping too much or inability to sleep
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Appetite loss or overeating resulting in noticeable weight loss or gain
- Anger, worry and anxiety
- Persistent physical problems that do not respond to normal treatments; such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain
- Problems with authority
- Overreaction to criticism
- Cutting (self-mutilation)
- Thoughts of death or suicide
1-800-273-TALK Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-888-374-2721 American Psychological Association
1-800-999-9999 Covenant House
1-800-473-3003 Hispanic Community Resource Helpline
1-800-950-6264 National Alliance on Mental Illness
1-866-615-6464 National Institute of Mental Health
1-800-969-6642 National Mental Health Association
1-800-789-2647 National Mental Health Information