Teens are known to be moody. For parents and doctors, it can be tricky to tell the difference between normal adolescent emotions and depression.
“I think it’s harder to detect depression in adolescents because it presents a different picture than in adults,” said Katie Anderson, a Spokane family therapist and licensed mental health counselor.
“We can often mistake a teenager being grumpy or in bad mood as, oh that’s just adolescence. That actually can be a sign of depression.”