With the holidays upon us, it's important to remember that it
isn't always fun, family and food. If you have kiddos, especially
teenagers, this time of year can be tough. Knowing the signs of
depression is vital for a parent of a teenager.
Between 10-15% of teenagers have some symptoms of depression at
any one time.
Less than 1/3 of teens with depression seek help, even though
80% of teen depression could be successfully treated.
8.3% of teens suffer from depression episodes lasting at least a
year at a time.
Most teens with depression will suffer from more than one
episode. 20-40% will have more than one episode within two years,
and 70% will have more than one episode before adulthood.
Between 20-50% of teens who suffer from depression have a family
member with depression or other mental disorders.
Two thirds of teens with major depression also suffer from
another mental disorder.
The following are common misconceptions about depression and
It's not very common. About 20 percent of teens will experience
teen depression before they reach adulthood.
Depression is a personal weakness or depression is caused by
inconsistent parenting. A parent may think that their teen will
"just snap out of it." Teens typically don't.
When depression is coupled with feelings of hopelessness, a
teenager may be at greater risk of suicide and other high risk
Symptoms occur overnight. Symptoms usually develop over time. An
untreated episode typically lasts 4-8 months.
Men and women are equally affected. Women are at higher risk,
nearly twice as likely to develop a depressive episode than
For more information on teenagers and depression, visit www.operationparent.org/depression.
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