You know deep down that maybe something is seriously wrong with your kid.
Depression can be easy to miss, especially in teenagers, since adolescents are often moody. But with sadness and irritability widespread during this crisis, the signs can be even easier for family members to overlook. Likewise, kids and teens who are struggling may not recognize their own symptoms for what they are.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Unusual sadness or irritability, persisting even when circumstances change
- Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Reduced feelings of anticipation
- Changes in weight
- Shifts in sleep patterns
- Harsh self-assessment (“I’m ugly. I’m no good. I’ll never make friends.”)
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness
- Thoughts of or attempts at suicide
If several of these symptoms are present for at least two weeks, they can suggest depression. “If you see them, take note, If they last, take action.”
What is even scarier is the fact that in 2019 alone, 55.1% of tweens and 67.1% of teens engaged in conversations about depression, from mild pessimism to talking about or planning to attempt suicide!
And that’s not all…..
The sad fact is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for ages 10-24. 1 in 10 high school girls will attempt suicide.
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