Seven Signs Your Teen Is Suffering from Depression
Depression is harmful in so many ways, and it’s on the rise among young people. Every day there are about 5,400 suicide attempts among young people in the 7th through 12th grades (12-18 years old). One in 10 teens develop a depressive disorder before the age of 16.
As you look around you, you’ll see that kids and teens are always on their smartphones. TeenSafe, makers of text, location, social media parental monitoring software, reported recent research that identified that with social networks like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, where cyberbullying and harassment is prevalent, more and more children are becoming depressed at an early age.
Below is a roundup of seven signs that show a teen may be suffering from depression:
Seven Signs Your Teen Is Suffering From Depression
- Addicted to the Internet – Kids may go online to escape their problems, but excessive computer/mobile use and screen time only increases their isolation, making them more depressed with feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
- Jokes About Committing Suicide – Kids who talk or joke about committing suicide may be suffering from depression. Your teen may be writing comments on social media saying things like “I’d be better off dead.”
- Has Violent Outburst – Violence is most common in kids (especially teenagers) who are victims of cyberbullying. Their self-hatred can develop into homicidal rage.
- Skips School – Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties. At school, this may lead to poor attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with schoolwork.
- Becomes Reckless – Depressed teenagers may engage in dangerous or high-risk behavior, such as reckless driving, out-of-control drinking and unsafe sex.
- Loses Interest in Activities – Kids and teens who are depressed may lose interest in sports or activities they used to enjoy, because they have the reduced ability to function in events and social activities.
- Critical Comments – Depressed kids are overly sensitive to rejection and may make harsh critical comments about themselves. These feelings of worthlessness can stem from trouble in teenage relationships.
If you’re concerned that your child may be suffering from depression you need to talk to your child and listen. Creating a dialogue is one of the most important things you can do. If you’re concerned the depression is occurring through their smartphones, I encourage you to do two things:
- Limit their screen time. A break from technology can be healthy.
- Consider utilizing TeenSafe and talk to your teen about why. TeenSafe aims to empower parents with the tools to monitor and manage a child’s online activity in order to help know when they need to open up a dialogue and have a conversation. The end goal is to make sure that we, as parents, are involved in all aspects of our children’s lives.