9 Signs Your Teenager Is Depressed

Teenage often hits parents like a tornado and most of them are clueless about how to deal their moody, newly-antisocial kids who prefer to communicate in monosyllabic grunts. What happened to those chubby, clingy angels who couldn’t get enough of you just yesterday? It is important that you know your teen well, especially since they are prone to depression and ego problems. Studies show how most cases of teen depression start out at the early age of 14. Here are 9 signs that could mean your little one is suffering


1. Forever Sad


The primary symptom of a depressed teen is the sadness that never leaves their eyes. If your child has been brooding over something for a few weeks, then chances are that something is wrong. Ask them what’s troubling them and help find a solution. This may be difficult for most parents for their kids refuse to open up. But find out a way to get a clear picture of

what is going on (avoid constant nagging or snooping through their journals), and make it clear that you will be there for them no matter what. Your support is important, as this sadness could lead to drastic consequences like drug addiction, self harm, or even suicide.


2. Sudden Change In Eating Habits


Though teenage witnesses many changes, your child’s food habits and preferences are going to remain pretty much the same. If you notice a sudden shift in the way they eat, it could mean they are going through something serious. While some children trend to stress eat, others will just stop eating. Either ways, your teen would suffer serious health disorders.


3. Loss Of Interest In Everything


Another sign of depression is the lack of interest in everything. Your teen will stop doing everything they once used to love. Dropping out from sports,

bunking class, quitting cultural clubs, backing out from group activities are all signs your child is in pain.


4. A Sudden Drop In Grades


Depression tends to mess with the brain function of its victims. If your teen is depressed, he/she will find it difficult to concentrate during classes, or even follow basic instructions. A poor report card doesn’t always mean your child has no interest in studies. Sometimes they can’t help it because they are battling a mental illness.


5. The Perpetually Lost Look


As mentioned above, depressed people find it rather difficult to focus on what’s going on around them. They tend to be engrossed in their own thoughts and pain to notice the outside world. This can cause a lot of problems in school as well as relationships, for they look permanently absentminded.


6. Budding Self-hate

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A major problem faced by those suffering from depression is hating oneself. Depression can break the spirit of a person to such an extent that they feel they are never good enough. A depressed teen will constantly find fault with themselves and keep breaking under their extreme lack of self-confidence. They will feel ugly, hopeless, and worthless- signs which point out they to be handled with care and love.


7. Insomnia


Insomnia is a common symptom displayed by most people who are depressed. The lack of sleep can be caused by the unsettling thoughts, an imbalanced diet, or anxiety that many patients go through. Sitting up late night after night, constantly finding trouble to wake up in the morning, perpetual fatigue, all are signs of a teen in trouble.


8. Constant Irritability


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True that children get irritated with their parents now and then, once they hit puberty. But this does not mean the irritation and mood swings persist for weeks or months. If your teen is getting irritated even for the most trivial of things, you better keep an eye on them for more signs of depression.


9. Family History


Genes too play a great role in determining the physical and mental well-being of your teen. If you or anyone in your family has a history of depression, then there are heightened chances of your child suffering from it.