It is important to know that symptoms of depression seen in children and teens may be different from those experienced in adults. Parents should to be aware of any drastic changes in their child’s behavior and how and when the differences became noticeable. Any long-term, sudden behavioral issues should alert parents that it may be more than just a “normal moody, growing teenager.”

Extreme irritability or anger

Upsets easily

Poor sleep

Can’t concentrate

Feelings of rejection, imperfection


Easily tired

Poor eating habits

Headaches, body/stomach aches

Some teens with severe depression may also find they speak a lot more slowly and even experience delusions or hallucinations. These signs are easily ignored and are commonly passed off as teenage “growing pains.”

There are some major differences between the behavior of adults with depression and the behavior of adolescents with depression. This is not true of all kids that deal with depression but is often seen.

ANGER/IRRITATION – This is the most common condition that differentiates teenage depression from adults. Extreme irritability and frustration could be a clear sign that your teenager is depressed.

EATING HABITS – While many adults tend to lose weight due to lack of eating, many teenagers will gain weight and eat poorly, leading to weight gain.

LIBIDO – Some adults experience a decrease in libido, which is not the case for many teenagers. For some, depression may lead to unsafe sexual behaviors.

PHYSICAL PAINS – This is another very common condition that separates adults and teens. Many adolescents complain of body aches and pain, usually in the head and the stomach, which are often unexplained as physical examinations will
show no medical cause.

Participating in a clinical trial, evaluating a medication for the treatment of depression in adolescents ages 7-17, may be the right choice for your loved one. At Northwest Clinical Research Center we are committed to patient safety and providing excellent patient care. You will be provided the clinical trial medication at no cost to you, be seen by our doctors and clinicians at regularly scheduled visits and treated with respect.

If you would like more information about our clinical studies regarding depression, please fill out our questionnaire or call us at (425) 453-0404.