Depression in Teens
A surprisingly common problem
How Common is Depression Among Teens?
- Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the U.S.
- Between 10-15% of teens experience some symptoms of depression at any one time.
- About 20% of teenagers suffer from depression before reaching adulthood.
- 1 out of 8 teens report having serious depression.
- More than 1 million teens are depressed each year.
Symptoms of Teen Depression
- Complaints of headaches, lower back pain, or fatigue
- difficulty concentrating
- excessive guilt
- loss of interest in food or excessive overeating
- withdrawal from friends or family
- staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
- Psychotherapy: provides an opportunity to explore events and issues while helping teens cope
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: helps teens change their negative thought patterns
- Interpersonal Therapy: helps teens build healthier relationships at home and in school
- Medication: relieves some symptoms of depression as long as it is not abused, usually prescribed alongside of therapy