According to U.S.News, one of every 11 teens will develop depression.
“Currently, suicide is the third most common cause of death in 10- to 14-year-olds, as well as in older teens and young, college-age adults. In addition, the rates of depression in both boys and girls are increasing, with girls suffering depression more frequently than their male counterparts.”
Teenagers go through a lot of mood swings so it can be hard to distinguish between typical teen angst and depression. Be open with your teen and even though it’s difficult, try to get them to open up to you. They may try to push you away, but remember, this is the time when they probably need you the most.
Here’s a list of red flags to keep your eye out for:
· Change in mood or increased irritability
· Being increasingly withdrawn, including from friends
· A dip in school performance
· Loss of motivation or concentration
If you notice your teen avoiding people or activities, ask them about it. Find out how they are really feeling and make sure they know it’s ok to talk about their feelings, especially if they are depressed. If they won’t talk to you, try again or find someone who they will talk to. You might need to try a few different tactics until you’re able to get them to open up, but don’t give up.
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