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Depression in Adolescents

Alternate Names : Teenage Depression

Depression in Adolescents | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Some symptoms are common in people of all ages with depression. These symptoms include:

  • appetite problems
  • decreased energy
  • difficulty paying attention or making decisions
  • feeling very sensitive emotionally
  • feelings of irritability
  • feelings of sadness, despair, and emptiness
  • inability to feel pleasure
  • low self-esteem
  • loss of motivation and withdrawal from others
  • pessimism, negativity
  • sleeping problems
  • thoughts about suicide and death
  • Teens with depression may have additional symptoms, including:

  • alcohol abuse
  • difficulty with friendships or social outings
  • drug abuse and addiction
  • fear of death
  • frequent vague physical ailments, such as headache
  • irritability or hostility
  • poor school performance, tardiness, or absences
  • problems with authorities
  • recklessness
  • sensitivity to failure or rejection

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    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/24/01



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