Unfortunately, adults are not the only ones who are susceptible to depression due to the various matters they have to deal with — career, finances, marriage, etc. Teenagers are just as vulnerable to becoming depressed just like adults, courtesy of all the stressors present in an adolescent’s world.
In fact, it’s perfectly normal for a teenager to be moody due to some physical and hormonal changes taking place. However, it’s a completely different thing if he or she is showing signs of constant lack of energy, pessimism and other red flags — it’s very much possible for your teenager to be depressed.
Below you will find some of the things that can easily wreak havoc to a teenage person’s mental health. Please bear in mind that it’s not a comprehensive list of all the probable causes of depression in adolescents, but just a few common ones. And one or many of the following could be the reason why your teenager may be suffering from depression:
It can be very difficult for anyone, including a teenager, to live a happy and productive life if they suffer from low self-esteem. Furthermore, a teenager can easily lose one’s sense of worth because of pimples and all sorts of bodily changes taking place. He or she may feel overwhelmed by everything that depression can easily creep in.
Teenagers want to feel accepted and valued. This is why they try to impress as many of their friends as possible by succumbing to peer pressure. So, they give in because they feel that they have no choice as they don’t want their reputation to suffer by refusing to experiment with alcohol or illegal drugs.
Tests, projects, reports, grades — all of these things can easily leave a teenager stressed. What is more, they have to impress their family and friends with their academic performance. This sheer amount of pressure to do well in school can undermine an adolescent’s emotional fortitude, making it easy for depression to strike.
Romantic problems can have all sorts of impact on teenagers’ well being. Not all romantic ventures end up happily ever after. Something that goes from potentially sweet to sour and can be very traumatic for a teenager who is dabbling with romance for the first time.
As a parent, you may be very busy with your career and you feel that it’s perfectly fine to have very little or no time for your teenage son or daughter. However, teens are still very much in need of parental attention no matter what.
Getting separated or divorced is undeniably an upsetting matter for you. Just imagine how hurtful it could be for your teenager. Sometimes they might probably think that he or she is the reason behind the dissolution of the family. Divorce or separation is undeniably one of the most traumatic and depression-causing events in a teenager’s life.
Even though your teenager is not the breadwinner of the family, it doesn’t mean that he or she is not affected by whatever financial struggle that you face. Your adolescent may end up with a lot of emotional distress and ultimately depression thinking about potentially losing the standard of living he or she is used to.
If you feel that your teenager is showing signs of depression, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor so that you may know the appropriate steps that need to be taken. Remember that the emotional well being of your teenager is very important, and being depressed is something that can have a considerable impact on his or her present and future.