Teen Depression Checklist


Last updated on February 7th, 2019 at 06:56 pm

Teen depression checklist

Use this checklist to find out whether it is possible that you or your teen may be depressed. It is often normal for teens to experience several of the following symptoms and normal teen behavior and moods should be distinguished from clinical depression in the teen.

If you or your teen have been experiencing these symptoms for more than two or three weeks, seek professional help. This checklist is extracted from SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education).

  • I feel sad.
  • I feel like crying a lot.
  • I’m bored.
  • I feel alone.
  • I don’t really feel sad, just “empty”.
  • I don’t have confidence in myself.
  • I don’t like myself.
  • I often feel scared, but I don’t know why.
  • I feel mad, like I could just explode!
  • I feel guilty.
  • I can’t concentrate.
  • I have a hard time remembering things.
  • I don’t want to make decisions – it’s too much work.
  • I feel like I’m in a fog.
  • I’m so tired, no matter how much I sleep.
  • I’m frustrated with everything and everybody.
  • I don’t have fun anymore.
  • I feel helpless.
  • I’m always getting into trouble.
  • I’m restless and jittery. I can’t sit still.
  • I feel nervous.
  • I feel disorganized, like my head is spinning.
  • I feel self-conscious.
  • I can’t think straight. My brain doesn’t seem to work.
  • I feel ugly.
  • I don’t feel like talking anymore – I just don’t have anything to say.
  • I feel my life has no direction.
  • I feel life isn’t worth living.
  • I consume alcohol/take drugs regularly.
  • My whole body feels slowed down – my speech, my walk, and my movements.
  • I don’t want to go out with friends anymore.
  • I don’t feel like taking care of my appearance.
  • Occasionally, my heart pounds, I can’t catch my breath, and I feel tingly.
  • My vision feels strange and I feel I might pass out. The feeling passes in seconds, but I’m afraid it will happen again.
  • Sometimes I feel like I’m losing it.
  • I feel “different” from everyone else.
  • I smile, but inside I’m miserable.
  • I have difficulty falling asleep or I awaken between 1 A.M. and 5 A.M. and then I can’t get back to sleep.
  • My appetite has diminished – food tastes so bland.
  • My appetite has increased – I feel I could eat all the time.
  • My weight has increased/decreased.
  • I have headaches.
  • I have stomachaches.
  • My arms and legs hurt.
  • I feel nauseous.
  • I’m dizzy.
  • Sometimes my vision seems blurred or slow.
  • I’m clumsy.
  • My neck hurts.

Resource recommendations

Teen Depression Guide: Click on the links bellow for further sections of this Teen Depression Guide.

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