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.
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
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.
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