Some signs of teen depression are:

  • Apathy
  • Change in eating habits
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Excessive sleep
  • Excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Irresponsible behavior -- for example, forgetting obligations, being late for classes, skipping school
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of interest in food or compulsive overeating that results in rapid weight loss or gain
  • Memory loss 
  • Physical pains, including headaches, stomach aches, low back pain, or fatigue
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • Rebellious behavior
  • Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
  • Staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
  • Withdrawal from friends
  • Withdrawing in general

If your teen's unhappiness lasts for more than two weeks and he or she displays other symptoms of depression, it may be time to seek help.  One of our psychologists can help you and your teen can help to make sense of depression.