Teenage angst is a thing. But sometimes it’s more serious than occasional moodiness – 1 in 5 teens will experience major depression by the time they turn 18 years old.
Depression is different from typical teenage moodiness. For starters, it’s not something that comes and goes – it sticks around over time. Teens with depression may also isolate themselves more – it’s a red flag when a once social kid wants to stay in their room all the time and avoids interacting with friends.
Other key symptoms include:
- Feeling sad, frustrated, restless or hopeless
- Lack of interest in activities
- Weight loss – or weight gain
- Difficultly falling asleep or staying asleep, or sleeping much more than usual
- Moving or talking slowly
- Feeling lethargic
- Having trouble concentrating, remembering information or making decisions
- Thinking about suicide