It can be difficult for parents to determine whether their teen is suffering from anxiety or depression, or just going through the normal changes of adolescence. However, there are signs and symptoms that you can look for that can alert you to a deeper problem going on with your teen. Recognizing these signs early can help you begin addressing the issue before it grows into a deeper, more dangerous problem. Here are some of the signs of anxiety and depression in teens:

  1. Anxiety and Depression go hand in hand
  2. Physical Symptoms
    • a. Gastro-intestinal symptoms
    • b. Heart palpitations
    • c. General Achiness
  3. School Refusal
    • a. “Too sick” to go to school;
    • b. Just can’t face it
  4. Extra-Curricular Activities
    • a. Withdraws from extra-curricular activities
  5. Interpersonal Engagement
    • a. Stops spending time with friends
    • b. Prefers to be alone/ stops interacting with family
  6. Personality Changes
    • a. Reverts to behaviors of a younger child
    • b. Becomes angry/agitated when separated from screens
  7. Health
    • a. Stops or forgets to eat
    • b. Ignores personal hygiene
    • c. Ceases most physical activity
  8. Virtual Relationships and Activities
    • a. Wants to spend all free time on a screen rather than interacting in person
    • b. Views virtual relationships as equal to “live” interactions
  9. Safety
    • a. Threatens harm to self or others
    • b. Attempts to harm self or others

At Nathan’s Waypoint, we can help you recognize these signs and symptoms of teen anxiety and give you direction on how best to cope. For more information on each of the main seven signs and symptoms, see the following pages on our website:

If these signs or symptoms sound familiar, you may have a teen or adolescent that is depressed or experiencing anxiety. Contact us to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how Nathan’s Waypoint may be able to help you and your family.