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

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