Why are Teens so Depressed?

By: Leon M.


One of the major problems for teens today is depression. Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how teens think, feel and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Other issues such as peer pressure and stress can make a lot of teens sad and happy at strange times. But for some teens, the sad times are more than just temporary feelings — they're a symptom of depression.

Teen depression signs and symptoms include a change from the teenager's previous attitude and behavior that can cause significant distress and problems at school or home, in social activities, or in other areas of life. Be alert for emotional changes, such as:

  • Feelings of sadness, which can include crying spells for no apparent reason


  • Frustration or feelings of anger, even over small matters

  • Feeling hopeless or empty


  • Irritable or annoyed mood


  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities


  • Loss of interest in, or conflict with, family and friends


  • Low self-esteem


  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt


  • Fixation on past failures or exaggerated self-blame or self-criticism


  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure, and the need for excessive reassurance


  • Trouble thinking, conce