Mayo Clinic Minute: 5 signs your teenager is battling depression

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it's no secret that teenagers can be

moody but research shows that ongoing

moodiness often is far more serious

depression is much more common than most

people realize this is something that

affects teenagers of all walks of life

of all backgrounds and actually of ages

from as young as 12 sometimes even

younger and up to the young adult years

dr. Janek Awards O'Brien a Mayo Clinic

pediatrician says new guidelines suggest

screening all teens for depression

starting at age 12 about half of kids

are not identified with depression when

they have it in the primary care setting

so we need to make sure that we're

catching more of those we can do better

dr. Gilbert's O'Brien says parents

should also be looking for these five

signs their teen is depressed excessive

irritability are generally depressed

mood trouble sleeping or excessive

sleeping sudden severe weight gain or

weight loss a sudden drop in grades in

school and sudden loss of interest in

activities they used to enjoy if

somebody reaches out to you and says I'm

worried I'm depressed or I'm thinking

about harming myself that is something

to be taken very seriously and that's

where your primary care provider can

really help for the Mayo Clinic News

Network I'm Ian Roth