Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life's stressors.
But some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with their normal, everyday functioning. These people may have an anxiety disorder, depression, or both.
Depression manifests itself in various ways.
When teenagers get depressed, they start to isolate themselves from family and friends. Some parents will notice that their children don't get as excited as they used to be about school activities, and friends wonder why they don't call or visit as much as before.
Another manifestation of teenage depression is overeating. In some cases teenagers turn to food for comfort because they may have experienced rejection from their peers and they feel that food is the one friend that won't turn them away.
In situations where teenage depression is caused by body self-image issues, they develop eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. They want the approval of their parents, friends and society, and under pressure they try to conform to these standards.
When the pressures of life get tough for some teenagers, they see drugs as their way to numb the emotional pain. But they also do it because they want a sense of belonging from their peers that they may not get at home.
Sleep: Sleeping for 12 to 14 hours or not being able to sleep at all are very strong symptoms of depression.
Concentration: Those going through symptoms of depression or an episode might...