Your child will go through countless changes and experience a host of pressures as they go through their teen years. From puberty, to dating, to finding out who they are and where they fit in, the teen years can be an emotional and hard time for your daughter. With all of the uncertainty your child is experiencing, it can be really hard for you to differentiate the difference between the normal emotions your child will experience as they grow, and a more serious issue. Depression goes beyond just experiencing mood swings and being irritable. It’s a serious health problem that impacts many adults. Depression is treatable, but it’s important to know what to look out for so you can start helping your daughter as soon as possible.
Signs of depression
One in five teens experiences depression. Despite depression being treatable, many depressed teens never get the help that they need. Here are a few behaviors to watch out for:
Running away – Threatening to run away is a sign that there’s a bigger problem than just upset feelings or general teen moodiness. This sort of threat is a cry for help.
Drug and alcohol abuse – Many teens use drugs and alcohol as an attempt to self-medicate. This can very quickly turn into a substance abuse issue that they can’t control, which ultimately does more harm than good.
Low self-esteem – Feelings of ugliness, failure, shame, and unworthiness are not normal feelings for your daughter to be experiencing, and may be the symptom of a deeper problem.
Reckless behavior – Individuals that are depressed don’t hold their life in very high regard. This can result in risky behavior because they don’t really care whether they are putting themselves into danger or not.
Violence – Sometimes, depressed teens will act out with violence. This often happens to individuals who are the victims of bullying. It’s a vicious cycle of bullying and putting down those around them.
Depression is also often associated with other mental disorders, such as anxiety disorders and eating disorders. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in your child and help them get the help that they need so they can enjoy life and feel comfortable living their life.