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Health Tip: Recognizing Depression in Teens

It's more than just a case of the blues

(HealthDayNews) -- Teens are renowned for their mood swings. But how do you know if your child is just feeling low or if he or she is clinically depressed?

If your child has five or more of the following symptoms for several weeks, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia suggests you ask the child's doctor for advice:

Your child may:

  • Act sad all day.
  • Talk about suicide or give away personal items.
  • Act angry or irritable without obvious causes.
  • Describe feelings of worthlessness like, "no one cares about me."
  • Blame herself when things don't work out.
  • Lack mental or physical energy.
  • Not enjoy her usual activities.
  • Sleep a lot, but have trouble getting to sleep or waking up.
  • Have trouble concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things.
  • Have problems with friends or in school.
  • Use alcohol or drugs.
  • Prefer to be alone.
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