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.
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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

Treatment Options

  • 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