Understanding Teen Depression
Why is your teen pulling away? It is a question many parents ask me. I can totally understand their concerns because there are many reasons why your teen could be pulling away, one being the normal process of separation, the rest being possible drug use, depression or just working through their own stuff.
If it is drugs, usually other things are going on in their lives as well. Signs to look for are declining interest in activities your teen use to enjoyed, declining school grades, and radical mood swings that seem to be about more than just teen hormones.
Teenagers are faced with a lot of different pressures, from developing into adults, to the very question of who they are and how they can fit in. It isn’t easy to decipher between depression and your teenager starting to assert their independence. Here is a list of symptoms of a depressed teen:
- Sleeping a lot more than usual
- Edginess, anger, or hostility
- Sadness, frequent crying, or hopelessness
- Thoughts of death or suicide, talking about it
- Difficulty concentrating,
- Lack of energy
- Withdrawing from friends
- Loss of interest in activities
- Lack of motivation and enthusiasm
- Feeling worthless and guilty
Teenage Help for Depression
Depression and drug use come with assortment of symptoms that would be noticeably different than a teen pulling away to begin his/her own path of independence. Staying connected to our Teen helps us see the subtle changes in their personality. Talking to them often so that if something is wrong they feel like they can come to us. We don’t won’t to notice they are down the rabbit hole when it’s to late.