Teen depression strikes kids from all walks of life. Just when you think you are in the clear and out of the woods with teen issues, you discover your teen has a very real problem with depression and it can be a serious problem which can turn into severe consequences if left untreated.
Depressed teens are often battling underlying problems parents donít see on the surface. Some of these teens may be over-achievers with high grades and even higher testing scores for the ACT and SAT. They like to be the top athlete and sometimes, if they arenít depression begins to eat at them. The kids you would least expect to be battling depression often struggle with it.
Your job as a parent is to discover if your teenager is facing a bump in the road which can be dealt with quickly or if they are clinically depressed. Seeking the help of a professional is very important if you notice your teen is not getting out of their gloomy mood after a few days.
Sometimes teen depression is brought on by drug or alcohol abuse. Teen boyfriends or girlfriends can be a problem as well. Teens are depressed for a variety of reasons and when they are, it is important for the parents to dig around and find out what it is their son or daughter is most depressed over. What is the underlying problem?
Often, teachers are the problem. Sometimes teen depression is a result of peer pressures or teacher ridicule. Often, it is because they feel inadequate in sports or academically. Sometimes, they feel generally unaccepted by everyone.