Girls are twice as likely as boys to be depressed and nearly twice as likely as boys to consider suicide. But signs of depression in teens are often not obvious. So be on the lookout for:
- sadness that lasts for longer than two weeks
- persistent tearfulness, crying
- decreased interest in activities
- persistent boredom
- social isolation
- low self esteem and guilt
- increased irritability
- difficulty with relationships
- frequent complaints headaches and stomachaches
- thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behavior.
If your daughter has one or more of these symptoms and you suspect she might be depressed, talk to a health care professional as soon as possible.