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Teens depressed or stressed?

January 4, 2012

Just by being unhappy on any given day doesn’t mean that you are depressed.  We all experience bad days or bad weeks that may cause a sense of sadness.  Teenage depression is more than just bad moods or sadness.  Depression is a serious problem that impacts life however; choosing to leave the depression untreated can lead to problems in school, home, drug and alcohol abuse.  Depression can also lead to murders and suicide. By learning the symptoms of depression you can learn to spot warning signs.  Offer support to a teenager going through depression can help him or her get back on track in their lives.

Some symptoms of depression are listed below:

  • depressed mood or sadness most of the time (for what may seem like no reason)
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • inability to enjoy things that used to bring pleasure
  • withdrawal from friends and family
  • irritability, anger, or anxiety
  • inability to concentrate
  • significant weight loss or gain
  • significant change in sleep patterns (inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get up in the morning)
  • feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • aches and pains (even though nothing is physically wrong)
  • pessimism and indifference (not caring about anything in the present or future) thoughts of death or suicide

Teen years can be tough however it seems that most teens can balance out those years.  They maintain good friendships, they are successful in school, find the balance with outside activities, and they develop a strong sense of self.  When teens suffer from depression their personality can be destroyed.  Depression is highly treatable if teens seek help and if parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, friends, and others that may be close to teens get an understanding of the signs of depression.

We want our future leaders to grow into happy, healthy, strong adults.  

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