Understanding Teen Depression
Depression is a growing mental illness that is constantly affecting humans around the world. It is a disorder that effectively damages person capacity to view or lead life with positive frame of mind. It distorts the personality by changing their mindset and the way they feel and react to things.
Depression can hit people of all ages. However teenagers are very vulnerable to this disorder. The modern life is such that young people are facing a lot of challenges and pressure even at this tender age. They find these challenges too difficult to handle. What is needed at this time is for parents to assume the responsibility of taking care of their children.
Man times parents are guilty of not paying much importance to things like lack of concentration in children, sleep disorders, unhealthy eating habits etc. They assume that these are temporary problems which will go away after some time. However, in many cases, these habits do not go away so easily. In fact, they might become more strong as time passes. So the earlier these things are corrected the better. Here are a few early warning signs for parents to check whether their teenage children are victims of depression or not: Behavioral Traits: Check out whether your child is suffering from feelings of low self-esteem, lack of confidence or gets frustrated and irritated easily.
Other signs to look for are:
1. Does your child wear a worried expression all the time?
2. Lack of energy, fatigue and insomnia problems
3. Loss of appetite. In some cases teenagers gain abnormal weight, while in other situations they lose considerable weight.
4. Does your child lack motivation and appear listless?
5. One of the most telling sign is to see if your child has unexpectedly given up any hobby or activity which he/she used to enjoy a lot previously.
6. Unexplained pains like stomachache or headache with no medical cause.
All of the above are common symptoms of depression in most teenagers.
Social Interaction: A very common sign of teenage depression is that they will stop participating in social gatherings. They will become introvert and want to avoid company of others. They may fear going to college because other people make fun of them. They prefer spending time by themselves.
Performance: Teenagers diagnosed with depressive illness show lack of concentration and try to find reasons not to do work. This is clear indication that they are going through excessive stress at educational institution.
As teenagers are not fully grown up, they need the help and guidance of elders. The parents have to take up this responsibility of supporting their children, encouraging them to fight off these feelings and not give up easily.
1. Forms of depression – Read information on different depression types such as clinical, manic, postpartum, major depression etc.
2. Postpartum depression symptoms – Know why new mothers experience depression after child birth.