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Is My Teen Depressed? 

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Teen Depressed – Parents want the best for their children at all times but as children turn to teenagers, guardians may experience a drift which is sometimes common. However, it becomes worrying when parents can no longer understand why there is a change in behavior and the teenagers are not willing to have a conversation. Depression is a major cause of this drift between parents and teenagers and can be described as the persistent feelings of sadness and even loss of interest in activities that were once exciting. 

There are several ways to know if your teen is depressed and these are:

Observing emotional changes.

Everyone experiences bouts of sadness and happiness, therefore change in moods is okay. However, if as a parent you note that your child is always looking sad and sometimes crying, is having fits of anger and seems angry with everyone and everything, conflict with friends and family, irritable and  even talks about suicide, it is time to seek medical help. 

Observe behavior changes.

Every teenager has friends they like to hang out with and activities they love to undertake. A depressed teenager may avoid all these and lock themselves away since depression loves solitude. Other behavioral changes you may notice from teenagers suffering from depression include:

-Skipping school.

-Poor performance in school especially for top achievers.

-Drug abuse; teen may indulge in alcohol or smoking. 

There are other behavioral changes that affect the overall wellbeing of teenagers health wise that parents should watch out for. These are:

-Loss or increased appetite. When this occurs, teens may lose weight or gain weight rapidly and suffer from illness such as obesity especially because of less activities. 

-Lack of sleep or too much sleep. Some teens suffer from Insomnia or may sleep too much than usual when suffering from depression. 

– Headaches. Teens may also report Migraines and tension headaches.  

Lastly, suicidal jokes, suicide attempts and self harm are key indicators of depression from underlying issues affecting teenagers. The best thing a parent can do is seek help as soon as possible since these actions are just but a cry for help. 

In conclusion, depression affects the mental, emotional and physical well being of teens. Parents can try talk to their teens once they notice the symptoms to find out the magnitude of the problem. If not, they can always talk to mental health professionals at and doctors for further analysis of the situation who can in turn make recommendations for a journey towards recovery.

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