Statistics about Teenage Depression
Depression is a serious mental health condition that lasts two weeks or more with persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, hostility or a hanging “dark cloud”. These feelings are more serious than a bout of moodiness or sadness. It’s common during adolescence to feel a rollercoaster of emotions, which makes it hard to detect depression; however, it’s not something one can easily snap out of.
When depressive episodes occur, a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors become overwhelming and they persist over a long period. Feelings of irritability, aggression, rage, risky behavior, isolation and suicidal thoughts/attempts become the norm and interrupt school, work and social functioning.
Learn more about teen depression statistics in this infographic:
Common symptoms of teen depression include:
- Feeling sad or “down in the dumps” for the majority of the day
- Lack of interest in hobbies or extracurricular activities they once enjoyed
- Poor grades at school
- Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
- Regularly being cranky or irritable
- Lack of energy
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Persistent headaches, stomachaches or aches and pains
- Abusing drugs and alcohol
Depression also commonly co-occurs with other mental disorders such as:
- Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
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