Is My Teen Depressed Or Just Moody?

Teen Depression


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If My Teen Is Depressed Or Just Moody?

Hi I’m Dr. Laura Bokar,

Welcome to Fox Valley Institute.

If you ever wondered about problems related to teens being depressed or moody, you’re not alone! We offer help. Below you will find information that will define the difference between depression and moodiness.

We also offer private appointments, please contact us at 630.352.0102 for additional help.

Dr. Laura L. Bokar



Moody Teens

The tween years are a time when a child experiences many changes – physically and emotionally! Mood swings are probably something you will notice. One minute they are happy and the next they are sad. The question is typically, “As a parent, should I be concerned with their roller coaster behavior?”

A certain amount of moodiness is normal at this age. However, true childhood depression is a different situation altogether, and is something that should be addressed. The following is a checklist of symptoms:

  • Depressed or irritable mood most of the day
  • Diminished interest or pleasure in most all activities
  • Significant weight loss – decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
  • Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness, and excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day
  • Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions nearly every day
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a plan, suicide attempt, or a specific plan   for committing suicide

If you feel your child is suffering from symptoms of depression, you are not alone and help is available.

An evaluation by your family physician is a great place to start. In conjunction with speaking to your physician, contact Fox Valley Institute in Naperville.  We have several therapists who specialize in teen depression and can offer help and support not only to your child, but to you as well.

Please call 630.352.0102.

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