Signs of Teenage Depression

  • Have they been sad or irritable most of the day, most days in a week for at least two weeks?
  • Have they lost interest in hobbies or activities that they used to enjoy?
  • Have eating and sleeping habits changed? Are they eating or sleeping more or less than normal?
  • Do they have very little energy or motivation to do normal daily activities of living? 
  • Are they feeling worthless, hopeless about their future, or feeling guilty and ashamed about things in the past?  
  • Are they struggling at school with low grades, completing assignments on time, or having trouble focusing or concentrating?
  • Have they been isolating and withdrawing from social activities and time with family?
  • Have they started using drugs or alcohol to cope?
  • Have they talked about suicide and wanting to end their life?
  • If your teen shows any of these signs, it is best to talk with them about getting professional support. You cannot make them want to get better, but you can start with simply being available and present for them.
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Kirsten Book, PMHNP-BC

I support the patient to help them feel empowered in their own recovery.

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