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11 Signs Your Teen Could Be Depressed

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Depressed teen in therapy session

Feelings of Apathy


If your child was once excited about hobbies and sports and now shows a lack of interest, if she expresses ideas about life being pointless, shows a disinterest in friendships or schoolwork, or just a general lack of enthusiasm, she could be experiencing a deeper problem than typical teen growing pains. Make sure to recognize your child's achievements and offer praise in the areas that your teen excels at, whether it be academics, sports, music, or specialized hobby. Talk to her about why she enjoys these activities, and express your concern in a non-judgmental way if you feel she is pulling away from what used to make her happy.

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August 30, 2014



Keep it hot (or cold)! No one likes cold soup or warm, wilted salad. Use a thermos or ice pack in your child's lunch box to help keep his lunch fresh until it's time to eat.


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