Whether you are thirteen or thirty, anyone can be affected by depression:
“It’s a very real diagnosis, and it’s different in adults and kids.”
The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Marcie Billings says a typical adult symptom may include the classic depressed mood:
“In a child or adolescent, you might see more irritability, cranky behavior, isolative behavior.”
The challenge is that it also can be typical teen behavior. Dr. Billings says it’s the change in their normal behavior that can be concerning:
“They used to want to hang out with friends – now they’re not. Grades are suffering. They’re struggling to get done what they normally do every day. They’re tired all the time. They can have sleep problems. They can have eating problems.”
The good news is that there are treatment options for adults and for children. A good place to start is talking with your primary care provider.