Adolescent depression is a mental health disorder that occurs during the teenage years marked by persistent sadness, discouragement, loss of self worth and loss of interest in usual activities.
- Feelings of anger or worry
- Feelings of grief
- Feeling loss of control
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug abuse
- Obsessive compulsive behavior
- Destructive behavior
- Reckless behavior
- Excessive sleeping
- Change in eating habits
- Criminal behavior
- Obsession with death
Depression can be a temporary response to a multitude of situations and stressors. Unfortunately, in the case of an adolescent, a depressed state is fairly common because of the normal maturation process, the stress associated with it, the influence of sex hormones and independence conflicts.
Teen depression can also be caused by the sudden death of a friend or relative, a breakup with a significant other, or even a failure at school. Adolescents with low self-esteem are particularly at risk for teen depression, especially when they experience something stressful.
It’s extremely hard to diagnose teen depression because normal adolescent behavior is marked by the incessant alternation of moods.
When these moods become persistent is when a diagnosis becomes more apparent.
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