4 Signs To Know If Your Teen Is Silently Suffering From Depression
Many teens are currently suffering from Depression and many other mental illnesses, and they are silent about it. The stigma surrounding mental health, that it is shameful and embarrassing to have a mental illness, is causing so many teens to suffer in silence.
These are 4 Signs to know if your teen is silently suffering from depression:
Increased anger, irritability.
As noted, irritability, rather than sadness, is often the predominant mood in depressed teens. A depressed teenager may be grumpy, hostile, easily frustrated, or prone to angry outbursts.
Unexpected Aches and Pains.
Depressed teens frequently complain about physical ailments such as headaches or stomachaches. If a thorough physical exam does not reveal a medical cause, these aches and pains may indicate depression.
Increased sensitivity to criticism/bullying.
Depressed teens are plagued by feelings of worthlessness, making them extremely vulnerable to criticism, rejection, and failure. This is a particular problem for “over-achievers.”
Isolation from some people, but not all.
While adults tend to isolate themselves when depressed, teenagers usually keep up at least some friendships. However, teens with depression may socialize less than before, pull away from their parents, or start hanging out with a different crowd.