(This is not a complete list of symptoms. If you or a family member is suicidal or exhibits other signs of depression/mental illness, call 9-1-1 or take them to a mental health professional immediately.)
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What has your teen’s life been like in the past two weeks? Place a check mark next to the statements or behaviors he or she has been exhibiting or vocalizing. If your teen has some of these symptoms or other changes in behavior, seek an assessment. Depression is treatable. DON'T WAIT!
This is not a diagnosis. This is only a tool to help you determine if your teen is possibly experiencing something more serious than moodiness. If you’re not sure, ask a professional.
What has your teen’s life been like in the past two weeks?
is tired and has no energy to do anything.
is not eating or is overeating.
feels bad about him or herself, like a failure, or that he or she can’t do anything right.
has trouble concentrating.
feels like the future is hopeless or can’t visualize the future.
has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or is sleeping too much.
tries to escape from the world by surfing the Internet, watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, reading, or performing other activities for excessively long periods.
has difficulty making decisions or just doesn’t care about anything.
has lost interest in things that used to be important to him or her.
neglects physical hygiene.
feels sad, blue, and unhappy all the time. Cannot experience joy anymore.
feels extremely guilty for past actions.
gets angry easily.
has trouble completing even simple tasks.
feels lifeless, more dead than alive.
feels hated by family and friends.
tries to feel better by using drugs, alcohol, sex, cutting, or other harmful activities.
has researched the easiest, least painful, or surest way to die.
feels trapped or caught.
feels depressed, even when good things happen.
engages in reckless behavior.
cries easily and often.
feels so alone.