Adolescents are notorious for their moods. Most of us have seen the teenager who is laughing one minute and locked in his bedroom the next minute upset and angry about something. While this is not necessarily cause for alarm (although it can be annoying), it can be if it lasts for a long time. An adolescent who no longer enjoys the activities he once enjoyed can be experiencing real depression.
There are three things to consider when you’re assessing your teen’s mood.
It’s also important to remember that the things we call “protective factors” when it comes to depression and anxiety, such as social interaction, sports, and good rest, are often not enough. A child who is suffering from depression needs medical care. Heartland Family Service offers a free and anonymous online depression screening you can take on behalf of your adolescent child.