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     One of the most important things we can do to help our children through periods of depression lies in being able to recognize it's symptoms.   If your child seems troubled, make the time to learn as much as you can about adolescent depression,  and the warning signs that professionals have determined may be early indicators of adolescent depression.  Most importantly, seek medical help.  Always remember that the diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders requires trained medical professionals. The information and links provided on this page are provided as starting points for research purposes only. Nothing should be used as a substitute for seeking professional care for the diagnosis and treatment of any mental or psychiatric disorders.


Psychology Today: 
Teen Depression - Boys

Summary: Adolescent males face a unique set of pressures.

(excerpt) They're young, they're often highly visible -- and they're in deep trouble. America's adolescent boys may look strong as they swagger down the street, but in reality they are the population at highest risk today for all kinds of serious problems.

Rates of anxiety disorders and depression are soaring among them. For the first time, depression among males is nearly as prevalent as among females in this group.

Adolescent males find themselves facing a set of unique pressures. Shifting gender opportunities have left many boys in the dust. The girls may now be equal players on the soccer team, but the boys no longer know the rules of play. (More)

National Mental Health Association    
Children's Mental Health
Children And Depression

 Symptoms of Depression in Children/Adolescents

(excerpt) Symptoms of child and adolescent depression vary in severity and duration and may be different from those in adults.  Diagnosing depression in these age groups can be difficult because early symptoms can be hard to detect or may be attributed to other causes.  Child and adolescent psychiatrists3 advise parents and other adults in a young personís life to be aware of signs of depression, such as:


Missed school or poor school performance


Changes in eating and sleeping habits


Withdrawal from friends and activities once enjoyed


Persistent sadness and hopelessness


Problems with authority


Indecision, lack of concentration or forgetfulness


Poor self-esteem or guilt


Overreaction to criticism


Frequent physical complaints, such as headaches and stomachaches


Anger and rage


Lack of enthusiasm, low energy or motivation


Drug and/or alcohol abuse


Thoughts of death or suicide


Finding Psychological Help For Your Child:
Experts offer the  warning signs for depression and other common disorders in children. How do you know if your child needs outside help? If others -- teachers, coaches, neighbors or family members -- have alerted you to some of the these symptoms and you have already noticed them, it may be time to act, he says.

Teen Smoking   Linked  to Anxiety, Depression:   
Teens who needed another compelling reason to stop smoking, or to avoid the nasty habit altogether, got two of them when different teams of researchers reported links between cigarette use and a couple of mental illnesses ...                                                                                                     What Is Depression?    
An overview of the different types of depression

National Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology: THE DEPRESSED CHILD

If one or more of these signs of depression persist, parents should seek help:

bullet Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying
bullet Hopelessness
bullet Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
bullet Persistent boredom; low energy
bullet Social isolation, poor communication
bullet Low self esteem and guilt
bullet Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
bullet Increased irritability, anger, or hostility
bullet Difficulty with relationships
bullet Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
bullet Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
bullet Poor concentration
bullet A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns
bullet Talk of or efforts to run away from home
bullet Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behavior







Behavioral Issues
Stress & Anxiety


National Mental Health Association:  Childhood Depression:

Fact Sheet
Know The Signs

Baltimore Depression in Children and Adolescents 

American Academy of Child  and Adolescent Psychiatry:

  The Depressed Child



Child Development Institute:
Depression in Children and Adolescents

National Youth Network  Teenage Depression



























































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