We respect your privacy. One in five teenagers will experience a bout of depression during adolescence. Most teenagers view therapy as uncool, so they are unlikely to seek out treatment for teenage depression on their own. Teenagers and depression do not have to go hand in hand. Remember that, as a parent, there is a lot you can do to prevent teenage depression. Everyday Health Emotional Health Depression.
Their sad feelings can last several days. It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal sadness and depression. You can start by looking at:. If left untreated, teenage depression can have serious long-term consequences.
Back to Moodzone. Teenagers' behaviour can be baffling, stressful, hurtful and often worrying. But in most cases it doesn't mean that there is anything more serious going on than the natural process of becoming an adult. Many of the common behaviour issues that parents find hard are an essential part of puberty and growing up. Surges of hormones, combined with body changes, struggling to find an identity, pressures from friends and a developing sense of independence, mean the teenage years are a confusing time for your child.
But while occasional bad moods and acting out can be normal adolescent conduct, these types of behaviors also can indicate underlying depression or anxiety. An estimated 3. Prevalence was higher among girls.