Teen depression has its days nothing seems right.If you notice your son or daughter moping around the house, you may wonder just what is wrong. Through a careful probe, you may be able to get down to what the problem. Find out that your adolescent just had a bad day at school. While bad days and days of irritability and moodiness are common in teens. Depression can mask itself in similar ways. If your teen is suffering he or she may feel isolated and all alone or like no one cares. Dealing with teenage parent need to recognize the difference between a bad day and depression is the first defense towards protecting your child.
Adolescent Bad Day
Teens will go through changes and these changes can be subtle or even large at times, but considered normal behavior. If your child is experiencing any of these signs, you can hold your breath as the storm pass. Behaviors includes:
- Mood swings
- Irritability and some anger
- Experimenting with cigarettes, drugs, alcohol(?)
- Arguing and disagreements over chores, friends, and similar
- Social and peer pressure
Is It Depression or bad behavior?
If your child depressed, he or she will experience extremes of the above behaviors. For instance, when experimenting with drugs and alcohol, he or she will begin to rely too heavily on it. In addition, anger may take on a bigger role and your teen may get into fights, skip school, or break the law.
Behaviors and emotions
Deviant behavior is another sign that your teen may be struggling. He or she may withdraw from his or her friends, isolate themselves in their rooms. Talk about how worthless they think they are self hatred.
Bad Day vs depression you need to know differences
Listen to how your child describe self. Behavior will tell you if it’s just a bad day. No matter the age of your child , if you believe he or she is battling teenage depression reach out …Get help!
This is really helpful. My oldest is only 10 and he’s already moody, so I will keep these in mind for when he;s a little older.
Robin Rue, We have to hope this is only a phase and if not seek advice if mood becomes prolong.
My daughter is only 3 I have many years before I have to worry about any of this! Will keep these things in mind for when she’s older 🙂
It is very important to learn to identify the signs of depression. It’s a serious problem we should face before it gets worst. Thanks for sharing!
Tatanisha, Knowing the difference and bring teenage depression awareness to the forefront before it’s too late.
Thank you for sharing helpful tips, I will need this soon once my kids grow old.
It is important to know the signs and the differences. I think if you suspect it’s depression you should absolutely seek help.
Yea, this is a tough one, a lot of kids do suffer from depression and parents are clueless. Great post on the subject.
These are very helpful. It’s not easy to know whether a teen is suffering from a bad day or depression. Thanks for sharing this.
I thought that it was the same, because bad day can be easily disappeared while depression can be take longer.
Shabby chic Boho, There is a difference having a bad day or being depressed which take longer to get out of that rut. Important if not sure seek help.
Good points here. Depression is no joke but teens can be overdramatic sometimes. It helps to know the difference!