When we think of teen depression, we think of kids being withdrawn or sad. But depression in teens can take many different forms. Depression often arises when kids feel like they've got no one to talk to, are misunderstood, or lack a supportive environment at home.
According to KidsHealth.org as many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression; in teens, that number may be as high as 1 in 8. The causes of depression can be a chemical imbalance, divorce, a move to a new place, even a break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Help your teenager by keeping lines of communication open. Though teens frequently push away parents in their quest for autonomy, they still need (and want) your love and support. Find ways to connect, even if it's just talking to them while doing another task like raking the yard or driving to the store. Get a window into their world, find out how life really feels for them right now.
Then, give your kid a hug today. Let them know you care.
Read more a more complete discussion on teen depression at kidshealth.org.