Teen Depression and Anxiety

Parent Cheat Sheet from Presentation on 10/8/2019

Mrs. Christa Codoluto LMSW

Warning signs of Depression:

  • Cannot find pleasure or joy in life
  • Concentration & focus becomes harder
  • Isolation-always alone in the bedroom/no social interaction
  • Everything feels hopeless
  • Self-esteem is often absent
  • Sleeping may be problematic
  • Low energy level
  • Loss of appetite or large increase in appetite
  • Physical aches and pains/ frequent stomachaches and headaches
  • Frequent crying, restless, or easily agitated
  • Poor school performance
  • Lack of motivation
  • Obsessive thoughts of death and/or suicide

Warning Signs of Severe Anxiety:

  • Recurring fears and worries about routine and parts of everyday life
  • Changes in behavior, such as irritability
  • Avoiding of activities, school, or social interactions
  • Decreasing grades/academic failure
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating
  • Substance use or other risky behaviors
  • Chronic Physical complaints, such as fatigue, headaches, or stomachaches

Healthy Coping Skills for Teen Depression:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Exercise (walking/running)
  • Spending time in nature/getting sunlight
  • List the things you like about yourself
  • Read a good book/Journaling
  • Watch a funny movie or tv show
  • Take care of a few small tasks
  • Play with a pet
  • Talking to friends/family face-to-face
  • Listen to music
  • Speak with a professional

Healthy Coping Skills for Anxiety:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Drinking water/making sure to eat breakfast
  • Create a relaxation tool kit for the home
  • Journaling
  • Listening to music
  • Think about a fun time you had and try to remember every detail (refocus thought)
  • Talking to a family member or friend
  • Exercise/taking a walk
  • Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation




Cohen Children’s Medical Center: Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center


Elmhurst Hospital: Behavioral Health


Catholic Charities: Mental Health and Social Services

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