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Depression Symptoms

Symptoms of Depression

According to Mayo Clinic; Teen depression signs and symptoms include changes in your teen’s emotions and behavior, such as the examples below.

Emotional Changes

Be Alert for emotional changes , such as:

  • Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Irritability, frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Loss of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • An ongoing sense that life and the future are grim and bleak
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide

Behavioral Changes

Watch for change in behavior such as:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Changes in appetite, such as decreased appetite and weight loss, or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Frequent complaints of unexplained body aches and headaches, which may include frequent visits to the school nurse
  • Poor school performance or frequent absences from school
  • Neglected appearance, such as mismatched clothes and unkempt hair
  • Disruptive or risky behavior
  • Self-harm, such as cutting, burning, or excessive piercing or tattooing