Can You Spot Teen Depression?

Do you know how to recognize the signs of depression in a teen? Take this quiz and find out!

Quiz

Do you know how to recognize the signs of depression in a teen? Take this quiz and find out!

1. Your 16-year-old's friend has just lost her mom to cancer. She looks drawn and seems to have completely lost her spirit. Should you say anything?

  • No. This really is none of your business.
  • Yes. Your daughter's friend could be in serious danger.

2. Your 13-year-old has been suspended from school for "bad mouthing" a teacher and having alcohol in his locker. He has never been in trouble before. Lately he seems angry. Is this typical behavior?

  • Yes. 13-year-old boys are just naturally unhappy and disruptive.
  • No. A shift as dramatic as this needs immediate attention.

3. One of your 15-year-old son's friends recently committed suicide. Your son is quieter than usual, and he's failing a class at school. Do you need to talk to him about his friend's suicide?

  • No. Talking about suicide is painful and will upset your teen.
  • Yes. You need to find out how your son is reacting to his friend's death.

4. Mental illness and alcoholism run in your family. Should you discuss this with your ten- and twelve-years olds?

  • No. These kids are too young to be burdened with family medical history.
  • Yes. The rate of depression has been rising among pre-teens.

5. Your 14-year-old daughter seems moody, irritable, and unhappy most of the time. She's also overweight and shy. Should you be concerned?

  • No. Fourteen is a tough age for many girls.
  • Yes. Depression generally occurs between the ages of 12 and 14.

Your Results:

1. Your 16-year-old's friend has just lost her mom to cancer. She looks drawn and seems to have completely lost her spirit. Should you say anything?

Yes. Your daughter's friend could be in serious danger.

2. Your 13-year-old has been suspended from school for "bad mouthing" a teacher and having alcohol in his locker. He has never been in trouble before. Lately he seems angry. Is this typical behavior?

No. A shift as dramatic as this needs immediate attention.

3. One of your 15-year-old son's friends recently committed suicide. Your son is quieter than usual, and he's failing a class at school. Do you need to talk to him about his friend's suicide?

Yes. You need to find out how your son is reacting to his friend's death.

4. Mental illness and alcoholism run in your family. Should you discuss this with your ten- and twelve-years olds?

Yes. The rate of depression has been rising among pre-teens.

5. Your 14-year-old daughter seems moody, irritable, and unhappy most of the time. She's also overweight and shy. Should you be concerned?

Yes. Depression generally occurs between the ages of 12 and 14.

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