Signs of Teenage Depression

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A few telltale signs of teenage depression include changes in mood, pessimism, poor hygiene and changes in sleeping patterns. Look for the subtle signs of teenage depression with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology and mental health.

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Hi, my name's John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'd like to talk a little bit about signs of teenage depression. Depression can manifest itself in the obvious ways. The first thing to look at is obvious change in mood from maybe happy and, you know, optimistic outlook to somebody who now is not feeling very optimistic, not very happy, very down, may even talk, you know, more pessimistically. But, there's other signs to look for. There's changes in not only mood but appetite, or change in appearance. Maybe they're they're not taking care of themselves or brushing their hair, or brushing their teeth like they used to. There can be subtle signs also that that really don't go along with the the downward mood change that a lot of people would think of. There might just be more an infatuation with certain things like, you know, you see the old the comic strips and there's, you know, the the people looking at fire, or they're looking at darker sides of things. They might be getting into lyrics of songs that are a little on the darker side. So, some of, those are some of the more subtle changes that might go along, and some of the signs that your teenager might be depressed, but the basic ones to look for are, again, are change in mood, change in grades, in friends. Are they hanging out with different people than they used to? Are they not enjoying some of the things that they used to? Major change in sleep, clothing, that type of thing. So, these are all signs that teenagers might be depressed. My name is John Bosworth, and I am a licensed mental health counselor.

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