Depression is a serious mental health condition that is prevalent among over 7% of the U.S. population and rising each year. The onset of depression can occur for any number of reasons. Signs and symptoms of teen depression include:
- Persistent sadness
- Low energy or fatigue
- Moodiness or irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- A sudden decline in academic and/or extracurricular performance
- Feelings of hopelessness and emptiness, lack of hope for the future
- A loss in interest in things once enjoyed, such as hobbies, after school activities, etc.
- Social withdrawal from family and friends
- A lack of motivation
- Appetite changes, including a lack of appetite and an increased appetite beyond normal teenage hunger
- Changes to sleeping habits, such as consistently sleeping too much or too little
- Self-medication from drugs or alcohol
- Suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- Fits of anger or aggression that are out of proportion to the situation at hand
If your adolescent or teen is showing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to seek some help. Please give us a call at Idaho Youth Ranch and we will schedule you for a personal evaluation to determine the best course of action for your teen.