Even though Drs, psychologists and researchers have come a long way in diagnosing and helping teens and young adults with depression there is still a lot more that needs to be done.
Depression in Children and Adolescents (Fact Sheet)
This is an excellent fact sheet from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on Depression in Children and Adolescents
About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Girls are more likely than boys to experience depression. The risk for depression increases as a child gets older. According to the World Health Organization, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44.
Because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be difficult to tell whether a child who shows changes in behavior is just going through a temporary “phase” or is suffering from depression.
- People believed that children could not get depression. Teens with depression were often dismissed as being moody or difficult.
- It wasn’t known that…
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