Nothing is more synonymous with teenagers than the word “moody.” However, if that moodiness persists for longer than normal, your teen may be experiencing something a little more severe.
According to Mental Health America, one in five teens is clinically depressed. Teen depression is more than kids feeling sad, nursing a broken heart, or feeling overwhelmed by their stay-at-home lives. It can be a medical illness that interferes with their daily activities like sleeping, eating, and schoolwork.
NOTE: We do cover the coronavirus / COVID-related depression, but that’s at the end of this story because it’s a new addition to the list. If you’re looking for information specifically on that subject, click here.
Otherwise, check out the main list of the most common reasons for teenage depression first.
#1 – Brain Chemistry
Brain chemistry can play a significant role in teenage depression. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances released in the brain. When they are abnormal or impaired for any reason they can “misfire,” leading to depression. While fluctuating hormone levels are normal, there are other medical conditions like low thyroid levels that may contribute to impaired neurotransmitters. If you’re suspicious, it’s worth a call to your doctor.
#2 – Genetics
If you or someone in your family has suffered from depression, your child is far more likely to suffer with it as well.
“Children with parents who are depressed are three times more likely to experience depression themselves,” says WebMD. So, needless to say, it’s important to know both parents’ family medical history when dealing with teen depression.
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