Identifying the Signs and Symptoms of Depression in our Teens.

According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (2020), our teens are presenting with signs and symptoms that are not being identified by parents, health care providers, caregivers, and/or educators. We are missing opportunities to address and provide treatment options for children outside of mislabeling them as having an Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).  I will provide you a list of signs and symptoms so you can be aware if your child, niece, nephew, or grandchildren exhibit.

  • Excessively eating or missing meals
  • Always tired or overly excited
  •  Inability to focus
  • Self-destructive and harming themselves ( look for cuts on arms/legs)
  • Speaking negatively about themselves ( I am nothing, I am ugly)
  • Feeling worthless or useless
  • Lack of interest in fun activities or family functions

If you noticed your child/children are exhibiting these symptoms please contact your primary care provider. Also, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

Reference:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, Mar. 30). Anxiety and depression in children: Get the facts. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/features/anxiety-depression-children.html

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