Recognizing teen depression can be difficult at times but it is important to intervene in an attempt to save a life. Teen suicide is nothing new, it has been around for centuries only it seems to be more common today.
Teenagers have a difficult time relating their true feelings to others. The world is quite different today and teens face so many obstacles, many of the obstacles teens face are nothing like some older Americans had to face decades ago. Decades ago, it seems that life was much simpler and problems were solved more easily.
It is important to recognize a teenager that becomes withdrawn and seems to lose interest in things that once brought them great pleasure. Teens face so many problems in relations to relationships, school, sex, drugs and alcohol.
If a teen becomes withdrawn and disinterested it is critical that you intervene in an attempt to see what the trouble may be. Many times a teen will open up to a close friend or family member that they are able to trust. Once a teen gains a comfort level, they will pretty much open up about anything.
Sometimes just talking things out will help the teenager immensely. However, sometimes it may take more than just a one on one conversation. In severe cases, the teen may benefit from psychological counseling with a professional.
Finally, as long as you made the effort to help the troubled teen, then you have done your part. Teenagers must learn to cope with problems in an uncertain and sometime cruel world.