One in ten teens develop a depressive disorder before the age of 16. This can translate to an average of 5,400 suicide attempts among young people grades seven through 12 every day.
One of the top signs of depression among teens is addition to the Internet, which leads to more isolated screen time, especially with the Internet being so accessible via mobile phones. A smartphone in the hands of a teenager or young child can encourage impulsivity, so TeenSafe, one of the most popular parental monitoring technology services, aims to empower parents with the tools to monitor and manage a child’s online activity in order to help know when they need to open up a dialogue and start a conversation.
What are the signs to tell if your teen is suffering from depression?
- Your teen is addicted to the Internet – Kids may go online to escape their problems, but excessive computer/mobile use and screen time only increases their isolation, making them more depressed with feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
- Your teen jokes about committing suicide – Kids who talk or joke about committing suicide may be suffering from depression. Your teen may be writing comments on social media saying things like “I’d be better off dead.”
- Your teen has violent outbursts – Violence is most common in kids (especially teenagers) who are victims of cyberbullying. Their self-hatred can develop into homicidal rage.
- Your teen skips school – Depression can cause low energy and concentration difficulties. At school, this may lead to poor attendance, a drop in grades, or frustration with schoolwork.
- Your teen acts recklessly – Depressed teenagers may engage in dangerous or high-risk behavior, such as reckless driving, out-of-control drinking and unsafe sex.
- Your teen loses interest in activities he or she used to enjoy – Kids and teens who are depressed may lose interest in sports or activities they used to enjoy, because they have the reduced ability to function in events and social activities.
- Your teen makes critical comments – Depressed kids are overly sensitive to rejection and may make harsh critical comments about themselves. These feelings of worthlessness can stem from trouble in teenage relationships.
TeenSafe has also developed an infographic to help parents uncover if their teens are suffering from depression.
Disclosure: Post provided by TeenSafe.