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What are the symptoms of teen depression?

The most common symptom of depression is a constant feeling of sadness for no apparent reason. However, it is also possible for teens with depression to have exhibit severe mood swings, anger or anxiety instead.They may also have physical complaintsincluding complaining of suffering from head or stomach aches.
 
These symptoms may also cause absences from school or result in a poor school performance.Teens who are suffering from depression may have changes in sleep habits and may cry for no reason. They can also be extremely sensitive to rejection or failure.
 
Other symptoms include:
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Anger
  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Avoiding peers
  • Apathy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight fluctuation
  • Substance abuse
  • Difficulty taking instructions from authority figures
  • Thought os suicide or suicide attempts
Read more about diagnosing depression here

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