Depression can be tough to recognise, especially in teenagers. Keep an eye out for these symptoms to make sure you — and your teen — get help as soon as you see the danger signs.
A recent study from Social Indicators Research revealed an evolution of depression symptoms in students since 1980. It's important for parents to know what depression looks like so they can help their teenager stay mentally fit and, more importantly, safe.
Symptoms of depression that many reported, but which people appeared not to know were signs of depression included:
- Poor appetite.
- Problems sleeping.
- Lack of concentration.
- Feeling overwhelmed.
...The study found that compared to their counterparts in the 1980s, teens in the 2010s were 38% more likely to have memory problems and 74% more likely to have trouble sleeping.
Teens were also twice as likely to have seen a mental health professional about these issues.
Amongst college students, 50% said they were overwhelmed, while adults reported poor sleep, lack of appetite and feeling restless.
If you think your teenager might be depressed, seek a health professional for help. Even if you're not sure, it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion just to be safe.
Time Period and Birth Cohort Differences in Depressive Symptoms in the U.S., 1982 — 2013 [Social Indicators Research via PsyBlog]
If depression is affecting you or someone you know, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.