The signs of depression can be difficult to spot because the pre teen and teen years are often difficult and contain many ups and downs. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two things, and most parents think that they would know what the signs of depression are because they are familiar with what depression is. The truth is, that depression is different for everybody, and this is especially true of teenagers who have very different personalities and stages of development.
- Behavioral changes among preteens and teens make it harder to spot depression.
- Some depression sufferers exhibit sadness or isolation, while others act angrily or irritably.
- Most parents want schools to help in identifying depression, but schools often aren’t equipped to do so.
“Even though the majority of parents were confident they would recognize depression in their preteen or teenager, two-thirds of parents still said they faced challenges spotting specific signs and symptoms of this mental health disorder.”