Depression is the medical condition during which the affected person suffers from a continuous feeling of sadness and a loss of interest. Depression can affect people of any age and at any time. Teens are often seen to be unhappy at times as they get affected by depression. There are many reasons behind teenage depressions such as academic results, family issues and stress. Heredity can also be a cause of teenage depression. The depression leads to sudden and rapid changes in their behavior and thinking ability. Teens who suffer from depressions lack motivation and thus become socially detached. Some of the major common teen depression symptoms are given below:
Teens who suffer from depressions generally have a lack of feeling, emotion, interest and tend to lose enthusiasm. They lose interest in those activities, which they once used to enjoy and were important to them. They become detached from their family and friends, become socially inactive and thus lack involvement. They also feel irritated and sad. They lose any interest to go forward in their lives. Everything just becomes meaningless to them. Due to lack of emotions and enthusiasm they are unable to do or complete anything. They also suffer from many health problems such as headache, backache and muscle pains.
2. Chronic Pain
This is yet another common teen depression symptoms. The teens are affected by headache, pain in the upper and lower part of their stomach as well as in the joints and lower part of their back. This type of chronic pain lasts for a long time in the teens suffering from teenage depressions. At times, chronic pain lasts for more than 8 weeks in teens as a result of teenage depression. Due to the chronic pain, the affected bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons become stiff leading to discomfort and fatigue.
3. Outburst of Anger
Teens suffering from depression are vulnerable to sudden emotional outbursts of anger. Some of them, who suffer from teenage depressions become frustrated and are also seen to complain, cry or become easily irritated with any simple event. Screaming and yelling and hitting are very common teen depression symptoms. This extreme outburst is basically a result of hopelessness and frustration. Fatigue and hunger stimulate anger outburst in a teen, who is suffering from teenage depressions.
Teenage depressions also lead to anxiety in teens. A teen, who suffers from anxiety due to depression feels nervous, uneasy, worries a lot and also has a sense of fear. Teens are also affected by panic attacks due to anxiety. As a result of the panic attacks, a teen feels dizzy, suffers from nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, finds it difficult to breathe and trembles. A rapid increase in the heart beat is also noticed in a teen due to this panic attack. Anxiety can also cause sweating, difficulty to speak in public, headache, pain in the back, difficulty to concentrate, a numb sensation in the hands and legs. Anxiety makes the teens become tired and restless to a huge extent. This has become one of the common teen depression symptoms.
Insomnia is a very common teen depression symptom, which is seen in most of the teens who are affected by it. Many teens who suffer from depressions are seen to have insufficient or low-quality sleep (insomnia) because they find it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep all throughout the night. Due to insomnia, the teens, who suffer from depressions feel drowsy throughout the day, feel tired, irritated and find it difficult to concentrate. As a result of these, teens find it difficult to do their daily work due to low level of energy. Insomnia which is a result of teenage depressions also leads to the appearance of dark circles under the eyes of the teens.
Thus, teenage depression is a serious cause of concern among the parents. A teen suffering from depressions tends to show all or a few of the above mentioned signs and symptoms depending on the type of depression he or she is suffering from. It is extremely important that the teenage depression is taken seriously and handled with utmost care.