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Depression signs in teenagers


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Teenagers and depression

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Serious signs of teenage depression include:

  • A change in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment in usual activities
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Withdrawal from friends
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Lack of energy
  • Poor school performance

These are all signs that should alert you to a problem that may need professional counseling (especially if the signs persist and the teen doesn't respond to encouragement). See also depression .

Update Date: 4/22/2003

Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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