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  • Writer's pictureMonet Ince-Amara

Signs of Depression in Teenagers


Depression in teenagers is a growing concern, with rates of mental health issues among adolescents rising steadily. Recognizing the signs of depression early can make a significant difference in a teenager's life. This blog will outline the common signs of depression in teenagers and provide guidance on how to identify these symptoms.

Common Signs of Depression in Teenagers

  1. Persistent Sadness or Hopelessness: Teens with depression often feel a deep sense of sadness or hopelessness that doesn't seem to go away. This can be seen in their general demeanor and outlook on life.

  2. Irritability and Anger: Unlike adults, teenagers with depression may exhibit increased irritability and anger. They might have frequent outbursts over seemingly minor issues.

  3. Withdrawal from Activities and Social Interaction: A significant sign of depression is when a teenager loses interest in activities they once enjoyed, such as sports, hobbies, or spending time with friends.

  4. Changes in Sleep Patterns: Depression can disrupt a teen's sleep habits, leading to insomnia or excessive sleeping. Noticeable changes in sleep patterns can be a red flag.

  5. Changes in Appetite and Weight: Depression can affect a teen's eating habits, leading to significant weight loss or gain. This can stem from either a loss of appetite or emotional eating.

  6. Difficulty Concentrating: Teens with depression often struggle with concentration, making it hard for them to focus on schoolwork or other tasks.

  7. Fatigue and Low Energy: Persistent fatigue and low energy levels, even after adequate rest, are common symptoms of depression in teenagers.

  8. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt: Teens may express feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, often over things that are not their fault.

  9. Physical Complaints: Depression can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or other unexplained aches and pains.

  10. Thoughts of Death or Suicide: In severe cases, teenagers with depression may have thoughts of death or suicide. This is a critical sign that requires immediate professional intervention.


Recognizing the signs of depression in teenagers is crucial for early intervention and treatment. If you notice these signs in your teen, seek professional help from a mental health provider.


  1. "Adolescent Depression: What We Know, What We Look For, and What We Do":

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2021).

  1. "Recognizing Adolescent Depression":

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2020).

Ensure your teen receives the best mental health support by scheduling a consultation with Mendem today!

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