Adolescent Depression

Last Updated: 10/14/2019 1:36 PM
Adolescent Depression  

Adolescent depression is a disorder that affects teenagers. It leads to sadness, discouragement, and a loss of self-worth and interest in their usual activities.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Depression can be a response to many situations and stresses. In teenagers, depressed mood is common because of:

  •  The normal process of maturing and the stress that occurs with it
  •  The influence of sex hormones
  •  Independence conflicts with parents

It may also be a reaction to a disturbing event, such as:

  •   The death of a friend or relative
  •   A breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend
  •   Failure at school