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Signs and symptoms of youth depression
(usually seen every day for at least 2 weeks)

  • Sadness (with or without crying)
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of energy and/or motivation
  • Temper outbursts and/or violent episodes
  • Easily irritated
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Little or no appetite, or eating too often
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities usually enjoyed (including school activities)
  • Feelings of fear (even if there is no conscious reason)
  • Feelings of extreme guilt or shame
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor memory
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Worsening grades
  • Skipping school or classes
  • Self-critical remarks
  • Feelings of helplessness to change a situation*
  • Feelings that things will never get better*
  • Comment(s) about death or dying*
  • Writing, drawing, or listening to music about hopelessness, guns, or death*
  • Threatening suicide (even in a joking manner)*

When 4 or more of the above are observed or suspected for more than 2 weeks, an assessment by a mental health professional is necessary.

*Any time one or more of the last 5 signs or symptoms are seen or suspected, immediate attention is necessary!

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