Here are 3 things to look out for if you think that your child might be suffering from depression or anxiety.
Depression in adolescence does not always present as sadness, more often than not it presents as angry outbursts or agitation.
2. Aches, pains or unexplained illness
If your child is missing more school than usual, this is something to be aware of.
3. Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
If you're noticing that your child is eating way more or way less than usual, or sleeping all the time or not at all, these are also things to be aware of.
None of these alone indicate that your child definitely has depression or anxiety, they are simply some signs to look for.
Kate Giordano is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Empowered Wellness Mental Health Counseling in Irvington, NY. She specializes in anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-harm behaviors, eating disorders, stress, self-esteem, grief and other life issues.