One question often asked by parents is, “How do I know when my teen son needs help for depression?” From struggling in school to having trouble with relationships, it’s hard to know if he’s just having a bad week or if something more serious is going on.
The important thing to remember is that depression is a spectrum. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe and each person’s experience differs. Here we lay out warning signs of depression that you can identify, and when to seek out treatment for your teen son.
When Should I Pay Attention to the Signs of Depression?
Do the Symptoms Persist?
We all get sad, anxious and pessimistic from time to time. This is a normal part of the human experience and is especially common with teenagers and their fluctuating hormones.
When symptoms are chronic, that’s the time to pay attention. If symptoms occur each day for two weeks, start to seek treatment options. Don’t let it go on longer, as symptoms can grow in severity over time.