Ways to Combat Depression

Information for Teens About Depression

Signs of Depression

  • Negative feelings and mood
  • Negative thoughts
  • Loss of energy and motivation
  • Loss of concentration
  • Physical ailments
  • Social withdrawl


Statistics

Depression affects about 20% of teens before they reach adulthood. 30% of teens with depression develop a substance abuse problem. Teens with depression catch physical illnesses more often than teens without. Depression makes teenagers 12 times more likely to commit suicide.


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Treatment Options

There are a couple ways to help teens to treat their depression. The first way is to find someone you can talk to like a parent, school counselor, or therapist. If that doesn't work you can see a doctor in case your depression is caused by an illness.


Websites With Information on Depression

Toll Free Numbers

Crisis Call Center

1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network

1-800-442-4673