Your son hasn’t been acting like himself lately. He remains irritable at all times and often refuses to eat or join in on family activities. And you’re worried. Could he be suffering from depression? What are the signs of depression in teens? Is there anything you can do?
We know you have a lot of questions. We also know you may feel helpless or overrun with fear. Rest assured, there’s help available for you and your son.
What Are the Signs of Depression in Teens?
First, know you’re not alone. According to the CDC, rates of behavioral concerns like depression increase with age. And depression has continued to increase over time. If you suspect your teen son is dealing with depression, you may notice these signs:
- Loss of enjoyment: You may notice that your son has lost interest in doing things he used to enjoy such as playing sports or hanging out with friends.
- Eating pattern changes: Your son may be eating more or may not want to eat at all.
- Destructive behaviors: Destructive behaviors include unexplained recklessness or self-harm.
- Sadness or irritability: Depression often shows as general sadness. However, your son may also get angry or upset over seemingly small things.
- Difficulty paying attention: You may notice your son struggling to pay attention to you or others during conversations. Or, he may be unable to focus on his homework, chores, or other activities.
- Sleeping pattern changes: Your teen may be struggling with insomnia or be sleeping more than usual.
Sometimes, your teen may also say things that just seem a bit “off’ or may even share thoughts of suicide with you. Typically, these symptoms are persistent, lasting for over two weeks.
What Can You Do to Support Your Son?
Recovery is possible. If your teen is struggling with any of these signs of depression, reach out to their doctor. A physician will be able to help you understand your options for treatment and the next steps you can take.
There are various options for treatment, including medications specifically for depression, counseling, and intensive outpatient therapy. The best treatment for your son will depend on the severity of his depression and should be tailored to fit his unique needs.
Lakeside Academy: Holistic Support for Healing
At Lakeside Academy, we take a holistic approach to your son’s recovery. We combine compassionate, loving, Christian-based guidance with cognitive behavioral techniques to help your son heal and move forward. We’re also here to support you as you learn how to best support your son.
There’s Hope in the Struggle. Reach Out to Us Today.
There is hope. And your son can recover with the proper support and guidance. We’re here to help. If your teen is struggling with depression, reach out to us today by calling 844-768-8336 or send us a message.