Teen depression is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems. Although depression can occur at any time in life, symptoms may be different between teens and adults.
The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize. However, while depression is highly treatable, most depressed teens never receive help. Help is available—and you have more power over your mood than you may think.
Back to Moodzone. Depression doesn't just affect adults. Children and teenagers can get depressed too.
This simple checklist aims to measure whether you may have been affected by depression and anxiety during the past four weeks. After taking the test, you can print the results for your records or to give to your GP. These questions relate to how you've been feeling over the past four weeks. Tick a box next to each question that best reflects your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
A depressive disorder is a whole-body illness, involving the body, mood, and thoughts, and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. It is not the same as being unhappy or in a blue mood. Nor is it a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
This guest article from YourTango was written by Frank Medlar. We all know the typical stereotype that teens are moody. You remember your own teen years … how intense your feelings were, how you soared to edgy emotional highs and then plummeted down into stress and heartache over troubles that seem now insignificant.
You and parents should complete the checklists separately and then compare the results. This is not a complete list of symptoms. Click here for a printable version of the checklist.
The materials in the clinical tools section are available for you to download and use freely in your clinical or educational work. We are also eager to translate these materials into as many languages as possible. The Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale KADS was developed to assist in the public health and clinical identification of young people at risk for depression. It was created by clinicians and researchers expert in the area of adolescent depression and the application of various scales and tools in clinical, research and institutional settings.
Back to Moodzone. This quiz uses questions that GPs often use to assess whether someone is anxious or depressed. It also includes links to useful information and advice on mental wellbeing.
It is estimated that only about half of teens with depression get diagnosed and then, only about half of them get treated. Inthe American Academy of Pediatrics began to recommend that pediatricians screen new mothers for postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale or a simpler 2-question screen for depression. Next, inthe AAP began to recommend that adolescent depression screening begin routinely at 11 years of age. They also continued to recommend screening for maternal depression at 1- 2- 4- and 6-month visits.