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11 Signs Your Teen Could Be Depressed

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Excessive Sadness, Hopelessness, or Guilt


Mood swings and feeling unhappy certainly aren't uncommon in the teen years, but if your teen feels excessively sad for more than two weeks, it could be a sign that something more is going on than just raging hormones, especially when coupled with feelings of guilt or apathy (see previous slide). When talking to your teen, avoid trying to convince her that she isn't depressed or peppering her with questions. Teens tend to shut down when confronted with lectures and unsolicited advice, so try to just listen to what your teen has to say.

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