I'm concerned my 16-year-old daughter may be depressed. She's not herself, seems uninterested in her normal activities, isn't spending much time with friends, and is just generally down. This has been going on for about a month. Lots of headaches and tired all the time. It's not really horrible at this point--when we get her out of the house she does perk up and start acting more normal--but I'd hate to see it get any worse. Is this depression or just part of being a teen? She's never acted this way before. She is super active normally, very good student, involved with school sports and National Honor Society, etc., but since it is summer there isn't much going on. She has a job as a day camp counselor but isn't really enjoying it (another oddity for her).
She had an extremely difficult breakup back in April with her 'first love'--she pushed herself very, very hard to 'move on' and prove to everyone that she was okay--could she finally be dealing with all the emotions that she pushed aside at the time? She has acknowledged that she isn't really herself but maintains she doesn't 'have anything to be depressed about.' She has a new boyfriend already, very sweet and very unlikely to hurt her, which I'm pretty sure is why she chose him--he is definitely not her 'type'. I have tried and failed to make her see that boyfriends are unnecessary. She is normally a great communicator and we have a very close relationship--she typically tells me everything--but she has closed herself off this time.
Anyone have a similar situation with your teen? Do I give her some more time or take her to the doctor right away for a depression screening? I don't want to create problems where there may not be any, but I also don't want to let something go and pay the price later. Thanks for any advice!