When a teenager is suffering from a mental health problem, it becomes difficult to deal with his or her adolescent journey. Depression is one of a mental health problem a teen can suffer from. Handling a teen with a mental health issue is not easy especially when the parents overlook the problems.
Symptoms can deteriorate and can complicate the treatment process is not attended to at the initial stage. Here are signs that may suggest your teen could be suffering from depression:
Extreme severe or mild sadness in a teen can be a sign of depression. Teenage phase is a phase whereby one is enthusiasm and full of energy. It’s normal for a teen to be excited about life, but when they are the opposite, it’s a sign of turmoil and trouble inside them. It’s about time to intervene if you realize a deep sadness in a teen.
Drastic and Abrupt Change In Weight and Eating Habits
Studies reveal if a child is paranoid about her or his weight, especially obese teens it can be a sign of depression. When a teen also suddenly has added extra bulges and changed the food habit, it could also be a sign of the onset of depression.
Depleting of self-worth triggered by depression occurs when a confident teen becomes skeptical of her or his ability. Depression occurs when self-confidence and self-believe deeply corroded.
Unusual Sleep Pattern
Depression also affects one’s sleep. If your child stays awake in the night or adequately sleep, it’s high time to consult a psychiatrist. Deprived sleep can be the begging of trouble for your child very soon.
Becoming A Recluse
Teenage is all about bonding. Making and hanging out with peers and friends is natural for teenagers, at times it becomes too much for parents who disapprove of their constant time wasting. But when a teen refrains with others and stays alone it could be due to depression. If your teen prefers to stay alone all the time you should initiate a discussion with them and probe them further.
Complaints Of Physical Discomfort
A depressed teen is likely to complain of pain and discomfort. There could be lethargy and fatigue for no reason. A complaint like that from a child should be taken seriously and should be addressed as soon as possible as it could be a fallout of depression.
People overcome depression if the seek treatment at the right time and go on and excel in life as depression is curable. There are rehabilitation centers available where your loved ones can be confined in.