Teen depression is a serious problem that can cause long-lasting physical and emotional problems. By promoting your child’s physical and mental health, you can help him or her handle stressful situations that might trigger teen depression. There is no single cause of teen depression. Genetics and environment may play a role. Some teens are more prone to depression than others: Children of depressed parents. Children who have anxiety or behavior problems. Teen girls may be more vulnerable than teen boys. Children with health problems, stress or the loss of an important person in their life. Teens dealing with depression are more likely to experience teen pregnancy, abuse drugs and alcohol,.
Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. Here are the symptoms of SAD: Sad, anxious or empty feelings. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Irritability or restlessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you would normally enjoy. Fatigue and decreased energy. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Difficulty sleeping. Changes in weight. Thoughts of death or suicide. SAD is a serious condition – a subtype of major depressive disorder in which life can be severely compromised. Far more of us experience similar but less intense.