Katrena Faddis, Writer

Depression: Signs you should watch for

Depression in teenagers happens everyday. Many people around you are dealing with this and Knowing how to identify the symptoms can help you to take care of those around you and even yourself.  Sign definition, by google, states that a sign is “an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.”

If you are aware of anyone with these signs then you should speak to them, depression can lead to suicide. 

Emotional changes

  • Low self-esteem over many things
  • No longer feeling the need to include oneself
  • Rejecting ideas that mean effort or going anywhere
  • Sudden drop in grades or schoolwork
  • Irritable or annoyed mood
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Conflict with family and friends
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Self-blame or self-criticism
  • Sensitivity to rejection or failure
  • Ongoing feeling that their life and the their future is grim and bleak
  • Frustration or feelings of anger, especially over small things that in the past wouldn’t have mattered

Behavioral changes

  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Fidgeting, may be seen through pacing, hand-wringing or a sudden inability to sit still for short periods of time
  • Loss of energy, sluggish attitude
  • Tiredness, often identified if suddenly falling asleep in random places
  • Sleeping too much or sudden insomnia
  • Changes in appetite, anywhere from eating a ton to suddenly only eating a small amount each time.
  • Frequent complaints of  body aches and headaches, and lots of pain medication.
  • Social isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide attempt or talk of suicide


You need to be aware of those around you and what they are going through. S0metimes you can even save a life. Call 1-800-273-8255 if you are feeling suicidal; they are open 24 hours a day and are willing to help and be there when you need them. Check out www.mayoclinic.org for more information about teen depression and the signs that you can