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Teen 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2016


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