Is My Teen Depressed Or Just Lazy?

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A Question For Parents

With depression being such a common issue among teenagers, it is very important that every parent understand what the common signs and symptoms of the disorder are. This will give you a much better chance of identifying the problem early and finding the appropriate help.

Identifying Signs Of Depression

One of the primary challenges parents face is the fact that genuine depression and ordinary teenage behavior can have some overlap. Teenagers may lose interest in activities they had previously enjoyed or sleep a great deal, but this doesn't necessarily mean they are dealing with depression. This makes it essential that parents learn about the different signs of depression so they can determine if their teen is displaying multiple common symptoms.

Some of the most important signs to watch out for include:

  • Constant lack of energy
  • No interest in socializing or other activities
  • Complaints of sleep issues
  • Dropping school performance

While none of these alone will give you a firm indication that your teen is depressed, looking for overlapping signs can give you a much better idea of what you're dealing with. Another important thing to remember in this situation is the value of open communication: If you genuinely believe that your teen may be depressed, have a frank conversation with them about what you've observed. Make sure you ask them if they feel like they might need help with whatever they're dealing with. Your teen may be depressed and not even realize what they are struggling with.

Finding Help For Teens Who Are Depressed

If you do believe that your son or daughter is dealing with depression, it is essential that they get the help and support they need. A program like Elevations RTC can offer both therapeutic and medically comprehensive assistance to teens who are depressed, and we have had excellent results. We are positive that your teen will benefit from their time with us and get access to the tools and resources they need to overcome depression. With this in mind, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if you are in need of help. You can reach us today at 1-855-290-9681.