Adolescents are generally moody and thus it is not easy to identify if they are depressed and need help. However, one of the first signs that you may perhaps notice is the teenager not doing things that they earlier were interested in. There may be changes in their mood like they may get irritated easily or mostly look sad. Behavioral symptoms may also be noticed like a change in energy level, appetite, academic performance, and sleep patterns. If you notice such changes then chances are the teen is suffering from depression.
Types of Depression
There are basically two types of depression – major depressive disorder and dysthymia. A major depressive disorder is the most common type. In this case, there can be severe episodes that can last anywhere between seven to nine months.
In the case of dysthymia, the symptoms may be milder but they last for a longer time, …