Teens Should be Screened Annually for Depression, Study Finds
Depression in teens isn't the same as adultsTeenagers display symptoms of depression differently than adults do. When teenagers are depressed, they are not as likely to be chronically sad, melancholy, or unmotivated- though they can be. Teenagers are more likely to be irritable and sensitive than they are to fit into the typical stereotype of depression. Rather than struggle with sleep, teens will oversleep- which can be difficult for parents to pinpoint as a symptom of depression because teens are known for sleeping excessively. Parents might also find confusion in trying to pinpoint changes in eating behaviors. Teenage boys especially are prone to eating an excessive amount of food. Overeating, more than usual, is another symptom of depression in teenagers. On the other hand, teenagers may not seek out food at all. Teens may also take a backseat to activities which normally make them happy. Everything will seem to be a problem and nothing sounds invigorating or inviting.
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