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11 Signs Your Teen Could Be Depressed

by Lindsay Hutton

Teen angst and moodiness is something you expect your child to go through somewhere around middle or high school. Although general sulkiness is par for the course during these hormonal years, sometimes these behaviors can signal a deeper problem. How can you tell if your teen is depressed or suicidal? Read on for signs and symptoms of teen depression, and find resources to help your child cope if you think she needs help. If you think your teen is suicidal or in immediate danger, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline right away.

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Withdrawal from Friends and Family


Although all teens go through phases of wanting more independence and the need for alone time, most balance it out with close friendships and a good family life. If your teen completely isolates herself from loved ones and starts having trouble with her relationships with friends, she could be suffering from depression. Try to set aside time each day to talk to your teen about how she's doing — these 10 simple ways to connect to your teen can help get the conversation started.

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August 29, 2014



Eating a colorful diet or fruits and veggies helps ensure your child is getting the nutrients he needs to keep his brain sharp while at school. Aim to pack three or more different colored foods in his lunch (or for snack) every day.


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