5 Signs Your Teen May Be Depressed

The teen years are often a time of skyrocketing highs and abysmal lows. Hormones in both boys and girls can fluctuate wildly, making your formerly even-keeled child seem volatile and unpredictable. For the most part, the mood swings, changing interests and occasional bad attitudes are a normal part of teens learning to navigate both their physical and intellectual growth. But there are some changes that might be more than the typical ups and downs, and could actually be a sign of depression.

Studies show teen depression is on the rise and at least 20 percent of teens in the U.S. will experience depression at some point in their lives. It’s important for parents to be aware of any changes that indicate something more than normal growing pains and seek professional help for their teens if they think depression is even a slight possibility.

Here are five signs your teen may be suffering from depression.