Is My Child Depressed?

     In today's society we have seen some horrifying results of teen depression - from suicide to school shootings.  No one can take his or her child's happiness for granted.  It is our job as parents to ensure our children are happy, feel worthwhile, and are working towards positive goals.

     How do you know if your child is depressed?  Here are a few signs you want to watch for;

  • Acts of aggression
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Change to a new peer group
  • Drugs and/or alcohol use
  • Fatigue
  • Increasing use of the Internet
  • Irritable mood
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of interest in things that previously made them happy
  • Problems at school
  • Reckless behaviors
  • Running away
  • Sadness, frequent crying
  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Sensitivity to criticism
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Writing about death or suicide

Teenagers typically do not ask for help for their depression. Parents and adults must be vigilant in observing young people's affect and behaviors for signs of depression.

 

Coaching is a proven way to reconnect with your child.

Contact Karen Wrolson of Excite Ed! for more information.

805 427-0231     kwrolson@excite-ed.com