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Resources to Help Kids Thrive Newsletter

Depression and Teenagers

February 8, 2022

It can be easy to miss signs of depression in teenagers, especially since moodiness is so common in the adolescent years. And what we think of as depression — sadness and feeling down — often isn’t the whole picture. Irritability and anger can also be symptoms of depression, and they’re frequently misinterpreted. Research shows that teenagers of color are especially vulnerable to getting the wrong diagnosis — or being dismissed as behavior problems — when they show signs of depression and other mood disorders.

This week we feature resources on childmind.org for identifying depression in teenagers, who are often reluctant to share their feelings with the adults in their life, or ask for help. We take a look at how angry outbursts can be a sign of depression, and how treatment can help kids who are depressed feel better and thrive.

Related Resources

Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Teenagers of Color

What we know about it, and how parents can help kids get the right diagnosis.

Misdiagnosis

What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

Signs your child might be more than moody.

What

Depression and Irritability

How irritability and anger can be signs of depression in children and teenagers.

Depression

What to Do if You Think Your Teenager Is Depressed

Start by listening without judgment, not trying to 'fix' them.

What

Treatment for Depression

What parents need to know about therapy, medication and finding a good clinician.

Treatment

Teens and Anger

How parents can model healthy coping skills.

Teens