Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the difference between normal teenage mood swings and signs of teenage depression.
As we all know, hormones can play a huge role in our mood. For both males and females, early teenage years are a time of massive changes in their bodies both physically and mentally. These changes of mood come and go just as quickly as the hormones that cause them do.
When these mood changes become prolonged periods of lows is when it is important to identify a potential issue. When it comes to teenage depression, this is usually an extended period of sadness, hopelessness, and anger. Usually, with medical and therapeutic intervention early on, changes can be made to improve the overall livelihood of the person who is dealing with adolescent depression.
Here are some key indicators to look out for when differentiating normal, hormonal ups and downs versus adolescent depression.
Many females who have started menstruating may experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome), which occurs just before, or during their monthly period. Girls who suffer from PMS tend to experience mood swings and bouts of anger or sadness. This does not necessarily mean she is depressed. Look out for extended periods of sadness or hopelessness when evaluating whether your teen is suffering from teenage depression.
Academic pressure can be a huge burden for some children and teens. During exam time teen’s anxiety levels may spike, and you may find that they are more irritable and/or moody. Although academic expectations may play a role in teenage depression for some adolescents, this is not always the case. Once exams are over, evaluate if your child’s mood has improved.
Take into consideration that the brain is still developing and continues to develop well into early adulthood. There are many changes that are constantly happening within their bodies – some of which they are not even aware of. This period of adjustment can take a toll on the mood of your child or teen.
If you notice that he or she has been expressing symptoms of adolescent depression, seek a professional evaluation to make sure that your child is getting the help they need, when it matters most.