Being a teenager can have many ups and downs, some of which can make it difficult for you to make sense of as a parent. If your teen has been exhibiting a change in mood and you are not sure if they are depressed, here are some things you should know.
What's the Difference?
While most teenagers can seem rather moody and typically want to isolate themselves, these are some of the most common behaviors exhibited by teenagers. However, if you notice any drastic changes in your child's behavior, you should pay close attention to make sure there isn't an underlying issue going on. According to the Transformation Treatment Center, common signs of depression in teenagers are a rise in school truancy, declining grades, unusual emotional sensitivity or volatility, new involvement in alcohol or drug use, an unusual avoidance of social contact, or the appearance of "cutting" or other self-harming behaviors. If you find that your teen has turned to drugs as a form of coping treatment centers can help them overcome their addiction while promoting mental health as well.
What to Expect During the Teen Years
As your child becomes older, it is perfectly normal for them to prefer spending time with their friends over you. Although you might feel hurt by this, your teenager is just expanding their social circle and is becoming more independent, which means they'll be less dependent on you and the family for emotional support. During this time, you may also notice that your child's mood is becoming more irritable and they tend to be restless or even lethargic at times.
LoveToKnow reminds us that before you go dialing the depression hotline, remember that your teenager is going through lots of hormonal changes, and their mood and energy levels will be affected. But if you notice that your teen is isolating themselves from everyone and is extremely irritable for no apparent reason, you may want to keep a closer eye on them to make sure everything is okay.
Total Personality Changes
DiscoverPlace teaches that while a change in mood is to be expected when your teen is becoming an adolescent, a total personality shift may be a sign of something more serious. If your child has always been very bubbly, outgoing, and happy yet is now totally withdrawn, never smiles, and acting very angry, there may be a deeper issue.
Just because your teen is moody doesn't mean they are depressed; however, when you notice drastic changes in behavior, you should take heed. If your gut is gnawing at you, don't just write off the moodiness as growing pains because it could be deeper than that.
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