Experts advise screening children ages 8 to 18 for anxiety. They also
advise screening for depression in children ages 12 to 18 years. Your child's provider
may advise other screenings as needed. Talk with your child's provider if you have
concerns about how your teen is coping.
It’s normal for teenagers to have
extreme mood swings as a result of their changing hormones. It’s also just a part
growing up. But sometimes a teenager’s mood swings are signs of a larger problem.
your teen seems depressed for more than 2 weeks, you should be concerned. Signs of
Use of drugs or alcohol
Problems in school and at
Frequent episodes of running
Withdrawal from family and
Sudden changes in eating or
Sexual promiscuity or
Hostile behavior or rage
Loss of pleasure in life
Depressed teens can be helped with
treatment. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider. Or check with your local mental
health center, social service agency, or hospital. Assure your teen that their pain
be eased. Offer your love and support.
If your teen talks
about death or suicide or has plans to harm themselves or others, get help now.
Call or text 988. You will be connected to trained crisis counselors at the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline. An online chat option is also available at
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Lifeline is free and