Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes. Unrealistic academic, social or family expectations can create a strong sense of rejection, leading to disappointment. Studies show that factors like difficult life events, family history of depression, side effects of medications, negative thought patterns and excessive addiction to television and social media contribute to the fluctuations in the teens' moods. If the teens' moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to-day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional or mental disorder that needs attention.
- Generally, girls are more susceptible to depression as compared to boys. Teens do not express their feelings, openly. When they feel low, parents and teachers can counsel them to:
- Be brave and confident
- Make new friends
- Regularly exercise and take nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables
- Choose a new hobby / passion