According to the World Health Organization, depression affects more than 264 million people worldwide, and is "a leading cause of disability around the world and contributes greatly to the global burden of disease." The more we learn about depression, the more we will be able to treat and heal its symptoms. Adolescence is an inherently challenging time of life, and depression can amplify these challenges exponentially.

Below are 5 common signs of depression found in adolescents:

  1. Generalized lethargy, tiredness and loss of energy.
  2. Generalized sadness and crying (often for no apparent reason).
  3. Feeling hopeless, irritable and worthless.
  4. Loss of interest in enjoyable activities or hobbies.
  5. Social withdrawal and emotional isolation.
depression signs adolescents

Depression can affect an adolescent's overall personality, mood, and approach to life. When these signals of depression express themselves in our children, we may characterize our adolescent as unrecognizable, or "not themselves." It can be an equally trying and challenging time for the parent as well as the child.

At WinGate Wilderness Therapy we address the issues of adolescent depression head-on. Our relational model and approach sees your adolescent as an individual, not as a diagnosis or behavior. Call us today at (800) 560-1599 for more information on how to help your adolescent heal from depression.

Other resources:

World Health Organization > Health Topics > Depression

Mayo Clinic > Diseases & Conditions > Teen Depression

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call a suicide hotline in the U.S. at: (800) 273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat here.

About the Author:
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson

Roots Intensives Director

Josh Nelson has a deep, and extensive background in...

Josh Nelson has a deep, and extensive background in wilderness therapy, having grown up around some of the very first wilderness...