Depression in teens
Many teenagers and adolescents experience a roller coaster of emotions – from anxiety over final exams to the excitement of a school dance. With so many life and physical changes occurring, mood swings are normal for many teens.
But how can you tell if your child has a mood disorder like depression?
Studies have shown that about one in five teenagers has a diagnosable mental health disorder, including mood disorders. In fact, 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
While moodiness in teenagers is common, you should watch for these warning signs of depression.
· Prolonged periods of sadness lasting two weeks or more
· Withdrawal from social activities
· Loss of interest in hobbies the child usually enjoys
· Changes in appetite or sleep habits
· Feelings of hopelessness