How to Tell if Your Teenager Is Depressed and Why We Miss the Signs

August 25, 2014 4:21 PM

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How to Tell if Your Teenager Is Depressed and Why We Miss the Signs

Your daughter has just come home from school. She makes a bee-line to her bedroom where she pulls off her jeans, puts on sweatpants and plops into bed. Shades drawn, lights off. She has scarcely had the energy to muster a "hello," let alone take her shoes off. She won't come out for dinner and grumbles for you to go away when you knock on her door. When you think about it, you can't remember the last time she went out with friends on the weekend, or expressed any desire to do, well... anything. Is this "normal"?

The answer is complicated. Does it happen every day? And for how long? Is it a notable change from her norm? Teenagers today have developed a bad reputation for being moody, hostile, rebellious, apathetic and angry. In fact, parents seem to expect that with the dawning of adolescence, their once swe...

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