Social Media and Indications of Depression in Teens...


Signs of depression in Teens…


The significant characteristic of a major depressive episode is a period of at least two weeks during which there is either depressed or loss of interest or pleasure all activities. For children, expect to see irritability rather than depression other signs of depression to watch for:

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities

  • Irritable and moody

  • Reduced self-care

  • Substantial weight loss or weight gain

  • Moods of hopelessness

  • Insomnia or sleeps too much

  • Fatigue and loss of energy

  • Expressing feelings of worthlessness

  • Unwarranted guilt

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty making choices

  • Complaints of headaches, stomach aches

  • Social isolation

  • Suicidal thoughts, actions, or plans.

 Royal Society for Public Health in the UK surveyed 1500 young people, ages 14 to 24, to define the effects of social media use on problems such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and body image. They Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat all had negative effects on mental health