Teen Depression


Do I have it and what can help

It is normal to feel sad for anyone but the transition from childhood to adulthood can be a significant time of change. Taking on more responsiblility, having more privileges, negotiating relationships, working, planning for life after high school—can be a wonderful time but also a sad time. If you are feeling low how do you know if this is normal or more serious.

Signs and symptoms of depression in teens

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits 
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

What Can I Do to Feel Better

When you are depressed, you need to talk to someone. Maybe you can talk to a parent, another trusted adult–a teacher, family member or school nurse. A healthcare provider can discuss whether medication might help and a counselor can help you discover ways to deal with depression in a healthy way.