The statistics on teenage depression are sobering. Depression affects approximately 5% of today’s teenagers. Of these, a mere 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment, even though studies show treatments of depression in adolescents can be effective. The impact of adolescent depression in teenagers has been found to significantly increase the risk of:
- Major depression and anxiety disorders
- Social dysfunction, nicotine dependence, alcohol dependence and abuse
- Educational underachievement, unemployment, early parenthood
- Suicide attempts and completed suicide.
In the U.S., suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people
ages 15 to 24. (read more…)