My Teen looks Depressed, What Should I Do?

Did you ever think that your unhappy or irritable teenage child might actually be suffering from depression? Although, most teens feel irritable and sad at times because of the physical, hormonal and emotional changes going on in their mind and bodies. Yet research shows that 1 out of every 8 teenagers has depression. But good news is that, teen depression can be managed and treated just like any other health problem. Therefore, if your teen displays symptoms of depression like sadness, irritability or anger for more than 2 weeks, you should seek help from a mental health professional. Teen depression is a serious psychological problem that causes a persistent feeling of unhappiness and loss of interest in daily activities. It affects how your teenager feels, thinks and behaves. It can cause functional, emotional and physical issues. Although anybody can suffer from depression, symptoms are usually different between teens and adults. Issues such as parental pressure, academic performance, peer pressure, and changing bodies can bring a lot of ups and downs in a teen’s life. For some teenagers, the lows can be more than just a temporary phase — they are symptoms of depression. Most important point– Teen depression is not an emotional weakness or something that can be overcome by willpower. It can cause serious consequences and requires long-term management. For most teenage children, symptoms of depression ease with treatment such as medication and counseling. What are the symptoms of teen depression? Symptoms may vary in severity, but changes in your teen’s behavior and emotions may include the following: Emotional changes- Frustration or anger, even over small matters Sadness,...