Unlike adults, teenagers do not usually seek assistance on their own; they must rely on parents, teachers, or other caregivers to recognize their suffering and pain and to properly get them the treatment they need. If an adolescent is hurting from depression, it is important to learn and recognize what teen depression looks like and what to do if you spot the warning signs. Occasional bad moods or acting out is to be expected, but depression is something different. Depression can destroy the very essence of a teenager’s personality, causing an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair, or anger. We need to consider how long the symptoms have been present, how severe they are, and how different the teen is acting from his or her usual self. While some “growing pains” are to be expected as teenagers deal with the challenges of growing up, dramatic, long-lasting changes in personality, mood, or behavior are red flags of a deeper problems and potential growing depressions.
We can see these symptoms manifested in many teens today by committing unexpected acts of violence at schools or communities they live in. On the daily news, we hear of teens that due to some of the symptoms mentioned before carry out offenses that break the law and endanger the public. In many occassions, they are only seeking out for help- a cry out for desperate assistance that they do not know how to get and the only way out for them is to break the law to get the attention they are looking for or even worse — considering suicide as a last way out. With all this drama, it is not always easy to differentiate between depression and normal teenage moodiness. Teenagers face a host of pressures, from puberty changes to questions about whom they are and where they fit in.
Depression – and the suffering related to it – is real. Depression does not make a person "crazy or bad." Things can go wrong in the brain or train of thought and feelings of a person. Luckily, most adolescents that get help for their depression go on to have fulfilling, happy teen and adult years – and most importantly, to enjoy life and feel better about them. Depression is treatable; parents and teenager(s) should seek for professional help if they feel depress or feel the symptoms.