Depression in Teenagers
Just like adults, teenagers may develop clinical depression, a condition marked by a "down" mood and other symptoms that last for more than two weeks. In fact, roughly one out of five children will have experienced this serious health problem before adulthood. Common symptoms include:
- Feeling negative or not caring about anything
- Sadness or crying that you can't explain
- Sleep changes, such as sleeping more or having trouble sleeping.
Researchers believe that the onset of depression is often due to a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. However, at this time, scientists do not know the specific cause or causes of this condition.
Some risk factors for depression in teenagers include:
- A family history of depression (particularly if a parent had it at an early age)
- A history of substance abuse
- Stressful life events.
(Click Teen Depression for a more detailed look at this complex topic. This article explores treatment options, why symptoms in teenagers may look different from symptoms in adults, and more.)