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Signs of depression on teenagers

Just recently I watched a documentary of teenage suicide in the US and how serious the statistics are. And it’s not just in the US alone; other developed countries are also affected by this rising phenomena. Japan and South Korea too are going through the same thing; what’s sad is that the victims are between 10 and 25 years of age. Young people who have so much to live for are taking it upon themselves to end their misery.

What is depression in teenagers?

Puberty stage is one of the most difficult phases a young individual must go through and without the support of family and friends; it can be a very lonely road indeed. While struggling to find their place under the sun, trying to fit in, a teenager can be surrounded with so many friends, can be very popular in school, excel in academics and sports but deep down they are fighting their own demons, unfortunately the family is always the last to know. Sometimes the need for acceptance and the loneliness pushes them to the brink of depression; left unaddressed, this can worsen and prompt them to suicide.

Signs to look for

When your teenager’s behavior start to change, be on the lookout for telltale signs; there usually are, but sometimes we are too busy to notice or we deny it is happening until it’s too late. Teenagers who don’t want to talk and lock themselves up in their room are not normal. The moment they start to withdraw it’s already a silent cry for help. Don’t be oblivious to these indirect demands for attention. They themselves are confused as to what they are going through and being there for them makes all the difference. After the silence comes loss of appetite, losing weight or eating disorder and becoming overweight. If you ignore all these things, they will start to resort to more drastic and obnoxious behaviors to draw attention to them. While parents might say they are too busy with so many things to do and they as teenagers should do their part; this attitude is just making it worse. Be sensitive and understanding because this is not just a phase, often times it’s a disease and they need help.