Teenagers and depression
Serious signs of
- A change in appetite and sleep patterns
- Loss of interest or enjoyment in usual activities
- Prolonged sadness
- Withdrawal from friends
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Lack of energy
- Poor school performance
- Difficulty falling asleep
These are all signs that should alert you to a problem that may need professional counseling (especially if the signs persist and the teen doesn't respond to encouragement). See also
Depression increases the risk of suicide attempts. Depressed teens often "self-medicate" by taking illicit drugs or drinking alcohol, with disastrous consequences, including worsening of depression. Having a close family member with a history of depression, alcoholism, or significant drug abuse problem puts a teenager at increased risk of depression.
Review Date: 12/18/2006
Reviewed By: Daniel Rauch, MD, FAAP, Director, Pediatric Hospitalist Program, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.