Teen Depression

“Depression among adolescents is a serious public health problem that is all too often overlooked, and the consequences can be devastating,”- SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Some causes include:

  • Poor self-esteem
  • Negatively distorted thoughts
  • Losing a loved one
  • Family problems

Common Symptoms:

  • Unexplained changes in mood and behaviour
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger and hostility
  • Rebellious and antisocial behaviour
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns

How can we help?

Friends and family should:

  • Watch out for major symptoms and take them seriously
  • Try to emphasize with the teen if he or she acts out, as it can be a cry for help
  • Listen and be supportive
  • Make sure they get the professional help they need (therapy and/or medication)

Depression is a treatable disease, not a character flaw