Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ten Signs of Teen Depression for Immediate Attention

Teenage depression isn’t just bad moods and occasional melancholy. Depression is a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Left untreated, teen depression can lead to problems at home and school, drug abuse, self-loathing - even irreversible tragedy such as homicidal violence or suicide. Here are teen signs that could indicate that your teen needs immediate care or attention.

1. A noticeable change in behavior such as becoming moody, mood swings, or with drawn for interaction.

2. Sleeping excessively or staying in their rooms for longer than normal periods of time.

3. Losing interest in usual routines or hobbies.

4. Stop socializing with friends.

5. Starting to get in trouble at school/ Performance in school decreases.

6. Experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and/ or criminal activity.

7. Sadness, anxiety, suicide thoughts/actions. Anger or rage, problem with authority.

8. Lack of motivation/ energy, fatigue. Lack of concentration, forgetfulness.

9. Poor self esteem or inappropriate amount of guilt.

10. Change in eating habits, rapid weight loss or gain.

If you’re unsure if an adolescent in your life is depressed or just “being a teenager,” consider how long the symptoms have been present, how severe they are, and how different the teen is acting from his or her usual self. While some “growing pains” are to be expected as teenagers grapple with the challenges of growing up, dramatic, long-lasting changes in personality, mood, or behavior are red flags of a deeper problem. Consult with a professional.

Inspirations for Youth and Families a nationally recognized, licensed residential treatment center, for teens ages 14 to 18 and their families specializing in treating teens suffering from depression and other destructive behaviors. Inspirations’ teen treatment center focuses on all aspects of teen behavioral issues. Our teen treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens’ self-esteem and produce long term results.

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