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In the United States approximately 157,000 teens receive medical care every year because of self-inflicted injuries due to depression.

Being a teen is tough. For teens struggling with depression, it is difficult to balance the trials of daily life. 


Signs of depression in teens:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in grades
  • Thoughts of death or suicide                                

Even though depression in teens is common, only one in five depressed teens receive help. Teenagers usually must rely on the adults in their life to recognize their suffering and get them the treatment they need. Talk to your children about their feelings. 


With help, everyday issues become easier to handle. 


Depression is more than an occasional bad mood or slamming a door. It's a feeling of despair, hopelessness and worthlessness that lasts for more than 2 weeks and interferes with daily activities.  It can be difficult to determine if your child's behavior is normal teenage angst or actual depression. Only a doctor can diagnose depression.                                             ************************************

In May of 2015, News Channel 8 contacted I AM ISIAH about a series on teens and depression they were planning on doing. On a beautiful spring day, Jennifer Rambali and Sharda Beverly were interviewed at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, NY. The segment aired on May 10, 2015

If you suffer from depression, it is very hard to "chose happiness" without medical help. 157,000 teens receive medical care every year because of self-inflicted injuries due to depression. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and to get help.