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- Teen depression facts
- What is teen depression?
- What are causes and risk factors for depression in teenagers?
- What are teen depression symptoms and signs?
- What are warning signs for teen suicide?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose depression in teens?
- What is the treatment for teen depression?
- What are complications of teen depression?
- What is the prognosis of teen depression?
- Is it possible to prevent teen depression?
- What can family members and friends do to help a depressed teen?
- Where can teens get support for depression?
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Teen depression facts
- Depression that extends beyond sadness to the point of illness is that which interferes with the sufferer's ability to function.
- Depression affects about 20% of adolescents by the time they become adults.
- Teenage depression does not have one single definitive cause but rather several psychological, biological, and environmental risk factors.
- General depression symptoms include having an irritable or depressed mood for more than two weeks and having at least five clinical symptoms and signs.
- Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth 10-24 years of age in the United States.
- In order to determine the diagnosis of depression, a health-care professional may run routine lab test, conduct a medical interview and physical examination, and ask standard mental-health questions.
- Treatment for teen depression may include lifestyle adjustments, psychotherapy, and medication for moderate to severe depression.
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are the two major approaches commonly used to treat teen depression.
- About one-half of teens who take antidepressants improve. It may take up to six weeks of taking medication at the appropriate dose to start feeling better.
- Teen depression is a risk factor for developing a number of other mental-health symptoms and disorders.
- In the U.S., depression is the leading cause of disability for people over 5 years of age.
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