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Adults are not the only ones who experience depression. Teenagers, and even young children, can develop depression as well.
It’s important to recognize the signs of depression in teens because, if left untreated, depression can continue into adulthood and become more severe.
Unfortunately, many symptoms of depression are often overlooked in teenagers as they can be confused with mood swings that children of this age typically experience during this time.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, boys and girls are equally likely to develop depression before hitting puberty. However, these statistics dramatically change following puberty. By age of 15, girls are twice as likely as boys to have experienced an episode of depression.
A teen who is depressed may exhibit signs and symptoms such as refusing to go to school, pretending to be sick to miss school, getting into trouble while at school, and sulking when asked to participate in basic, everyday activities. Others may feel misunderstood and participate in negative behaviors.
Other symptoms of teen depression are similar to those found in adults:
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
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