It’s often really hard to know if your teenager is depressed.
We expect teenagers to be moody, irritable and emotional at times; hormones and growing up can be hard to deal with. Teenagers are often quite secretive and can hide symptoms. They may be reluctant to talk openly about their feelings and as they become more independent you may have less involvement in their day to day life.
Depression is different to sadness. Sadness tends to ebb and flow – depression is present for much of the day and often worse in the morning. Sadness can pass after a few days, depressive episodes often last for two weeks or more.
In our experience, parent’s instinct is often right, so if you are worried about your teenager and notice some of the following signs, it might be helpful to seek professional help.
Issues at school:
Physical signs of depression:
Emotional signs of depression:
If you are concerned that your teenager may be suffering with depression or simply unsure, you can have an information chat with one of our qualified clinical advisors who will advise you on the best option for your child. Call 020 3761 7026 or use the contact us form to request a call back.
1 Nuffield Foundation - Changing Adolescence: Social Trends and Mental Health
2 ONS Child and Adolescent Mental Health survey 2004