5 Must Know Signs of Teenage Depression

If you are a teenager or you know a teen who thinks they may have Depression, here are the five must
know signs to look out for. ♪ upbeat music ♪ ♪ upbeat music ♪ Hey, I’m Mallory, I’m a teen therapist and I love making mental
health videos just for teens. Today I’m going to be sharing with you the five must know signs to look out for if you think you may have Depression. So Depression in
teenagers can look similar but a little bit different
than Depression in adults. Please know that only a trained
mental health professional can actually assess and
appropriately diagnose these mental health conditions, so do not self diagnose yourself, I cannot stress that enough. A depressed mood is just
one indicator or symptom of Major Depressive Disorder. It does not mean you have a
Major Depressive Disorder. If you find yourself nodding along to any of these warning signs, then it’s time to meet with
a mental health professional and find out if you have
a mental health condition and if therapy or counseling can help. So without further ado, here are the five must know warning signs of Teenage Depression. An increase in anger or irritability. So a lot of times people think that depression equals sadness and that’s not really accurate. There’s some nuance differences between those two emotional
states, but even beyond that, for teenagers, sometimes
that feeling of depression is so intense and so uncomfortable that it doesn’t feel okay
to identify or express that. It’s a lot easier to feel
anger than it is to feel pain, which is why anger and irritability is often a protective emotion. When we are angry or
irritable, it gives the message to the people around us to back off, don’t mess with us, give me space. Now sometimes that’s
effective and helpful, but often times it’s not,
especially when you’re a teenager because the emotion is
taking over, not the message. So it’s often a common indicator that there may be something
deeper like Depression happening right under the surface, and that’s a perfect
time to come into therapy because we love working with angry people. Angry people are the best
people to work with in therapy because it means that
something is bubbling right under the surface and we
can help you find the skills and strategies to hang in there so that you can figure
that out and repair it. You may notice a drastic
change in appetite or sleep. Now it’s totally normal for teenagers to have sleep and appetite changes because you’re going through puberty which means that there’s
a lot of biological and chemical changes going on which can impact your appetite and sleep. That in and of itself might not be enough, but it could indicate Depression. Now this could be a change
in either direction. You may notice an increase or a decrease in your need to eat or sleep. If there’s any change and
nothing seems to be helping or working, and your pediatrician
has already ruled out that there’s no physical
component to these concerns, then there’s probably more of an emotional or a mental health component and that’s where therapy
can step in and help. Noticing a change in appetite or sleep are probably two of the more physical components of Depression, so it makes it easier to see
where you’re starting from and where you want to be. Teenagers with Depression
often start to quit activities and sports that they
really love and enjoy. So somebody who has always
wanted to be a ballerina has their whole room decorated, has been dancing since they
were a little little kid, done the competitions, and all of a sudden they just out of the blue decide, “I don’t wanna be a ballerina anymore.” That could totally be
normal teenage behavior because as a teenager,
this is a time of your life where you’re really trying
on different interests and personalities to see who you are and who you want to be as
you grow into adulthood. So it’s totally normal
to change your interests and to swap out one activity for another. But when you are across
the board quitting things that you once found enjoyable
and not replacing them, that’s a sign of Depression. Anhedonia is the term that we use to describe an overall loss of interest or inability to find joy in things that we once found enjoyable, and that could be what’s happening here, if you’re finding yourself
just not interested in anything anymore. Sometimes teens with Depression
hurt themselves or others. This could be physically hurting
yourself or other people, it could also be emotionally hurting yourself or other people. So that could be talking
negatively to yourself, name calling, bullying,
being aggressive in general, it kinda goes hand-in-hand
with the increase in anger and irritability because
when you don’t feel good about yourself, it’s hard to trust that other people could
feel good about you too, and so sometimes rather than risk somebody being mean or hurtful to ourselves, you may find yourself doing
things when you feel depressed to isolate or to create distance between yourself and others. It feels better when you have decided to put space in that relationship rather than the other person, even if that’s not
helpful in the long run. Teens with Depression
often find themselves talking or joking about death or suicide and that’s really scary and risky. If you find yourself talking
a lot or thinking a lot or even trying to make
light of death or suicide, it’s time to reach out to a
mental health professional. You can reach out to the crisis text line in the United States at 741-741, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And even if somebody is saying that they’re joking
about death or suicide, we still wanna take it seriously. Sometimes we use sarcasm or humor to start to test the waters about talking about serious topics. It’s better to be safe than
sorry in these situations. You can’t be there for somebody if they’re not there to be for. And if you wanna know more
about the other warning signs of suicidal thinking in teenagers, make sure you watch the video
on your screen right now. And please make sure you share this video because you never know who it could help. Thanks for watching!

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