Why are girls so unhappy?

Mental health problems - warning signs?

Teenagers are notoriously moody and hormonal. Sometimes it can be hard to recognise when there is a real problem. If you are regularly listening to your daughter, you will hopefully be able to pick up real unhappiness or depression. If she's consistently down, and even her favourite activities don't interest her, if she is crying regularly, self-harming, or losing unhealthy amounts of weight, or has no energy, it might be time to involve a professional.

Most secondary schools have counsellors. There are Youth Counselling Services in most areas, for teens from the age of around 13. Or go and see your GP.

We're all different so there is no one single answer that will work for everyone. But if we are there for our daughters, we can help them through these increasingly difficult teenage years.


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