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 busy lives. It can be a medical illness that interferes with their daily activities like sleeping, eating, and schoolwork.
Here are the most common reasons for teenage depression.
#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.
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