Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Teenage Depression is Serious

I don't know about you, but there were certainly some depressing aspects of high school for me. I did feel like my world was over when little things happened. I probably was more naive than depressed though. How about you?

Depression is a common disorder that can seriously affect people of all ages, and once a person has an episode of depression, that person is extremely likely to have another one in the future - making depression in adolescents particularly concerning.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University led a study of more than 300 at-risk adolescents.
Half of the teens received "usual care" while the other half met for therapy sessions aimed at helping them avoid another depressive episode. The study found those who were in the preventive therapy group had an 11 percent lower incidence of depression compared to those who weren't.

"We focused on looking at how they were thinking about th
ings particularly how they deal with stress when a stressor occurs, do they blame themselves, do they think that things are going to be terrible forever, so we get them to kind of look realistically at what are the consequences of the events, consequences of their own actions, and then what they can do about it." Researchers say teens with a depressed parent were much more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those with parents who were not depressed.

Signs of Teenage Depression

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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