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Depression can look different for everyone and can manifest differently in adolescents than it does in adults. It is always important to remember that just because you may be experiencing things differently does not mean you aren’t experiencing something. Mental health can be complicated. It can feel overwhelming not to understand what you are feeling or experiencing. Remember, you are not alone. Reach out to a mental health professional or a loved one to talk about how you are feeling and your concerns. If you are a parent or guardian of a teen, you may want to reach out for help and advice if you have concerns. Here are a few ways to recognize that you, or a young person in your life, could be experiencing depression. 


Change in Activity


A change in activity is a sign that something may be going on mentally or physically. You may notice that a loved one is less interested in the activities that they once loved. You may find yourself wanting to stay home more often and that you are less interested in socializing or participating in activities you usually enjoy. If you notice a change in activity in yourself or a loved one, it may be time to seek professional help. 


Experiencing Anger


Anger can be a sign of many different conditions and experiences. For some people, it could mean that they are depressed; for others, it could indicate that they are experiencing another mental health challenge. If you feel angry and have a hard time understanding the root cause, you may benefit from talking with a professional about it. Likewise, if an adolescent in your life is lashing out in anger, it could signify that they are depressed or are experiencing a different mental health challenge.


Physical Symptoms


For some individuals, depression can show itself with physical symptoms. A young person may experience stomach aches, nausea, body aches, or headaches. If your son or daughter is experiencing new physical symptoms, this could be a sign of depression. If you are experiencing unknown and unexplained physical symptoms yourself, you may be experiencing depression. It can be easy to simply brush physical symptoms aside if they don’t seem severe. Try to document the physical symptoms, what triggers them, and if patterns seem to be forming. If physical symptoms continue, seek medical care to see if a medical issue is a cause. If not, it may be time to seek out a mental health professional.


Depression can consume a person’s life if not acknowledged and treated. Many people experience depression differently with different symptoms. Adolescents can have their own unique symptoms, often going unnoticed for some time. Documenting the symptoms you notice in yourself, or a loved one can be a great way to see patterns and triggers.  If you find yourself struggling, reach out to a mental health professional for help. Here at The Guest House, we understand how complex and scary mental health challenges may be. While we do not treat individuals under the age of 18, we have many resources available if someone you love is struggling. We are here to help. Call us today to learn more about the different treatment options we have available at (855) 483-7800.