Symptoms that prove your teen to be depressed
Teen depression is spreading as much as depression in adults. We are coming together to fight back as much as we can by analysing the symptoms that prove your teen to be depressed. In my last post, I brought forward some causes of depression related to the school environment and gadget we possess. Today, let’s see what other factors may cause depression in our children. Depression may not be in the form of sadness only but it comes in many other forms too.
Symptoms to look for if your teen is depressed
It is not easy but possible to differentiate any behavioural discomfort from signs of depression.
- Sadness or hopelessness: Often children feel sad about every other thing and it becomes habitual of them to be irritated and get angry on meaningless issues. But, as parents, we should not ignore them. Observe them carefully and listen to their discomfort. You may get some answers from them only.
- Tearfulness or frequent crying: Frequent crying is termed as personal nature also. At times, children don’t find a reason still, want to cry but there maybe something bothering them from inside. It is non-stoppable until we find a solution to it.
- Withdrawals from friends and family: This is the most common habit in teenagers that they want some me time. They avoid social gatherings or family time at home. Although, it is not very serious in the beginning but we should be aware of their interests. Why they don’t want to be with us and what do they do when alone or with their set of people?
Symptoms that arise due to lack of enthusiasm and motivation
Motivation is necessary at every step of depression. With serious medication also, if your child’s will power is draining then no medicine will work. We have to keep motivating them at every stage convincing them that this is not the end.
- The feeling of worthlessness and guilt
- Poor school performance
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Loss of interest in other activities
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Thoughts of death or suicide
The last symptom is the most dangerous of all and should be tackled very patiently. We should be able to accept that our teen is going through a rough phase and they need us. We have to speak very carefully with them. It is important to convince them that we are always their supporters.
In my next post, I will be discussing the fear of suicide in detail and ways to overcome. Stay tuned and put up your queries and suggestions if any.
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