2.2 million American teenagers experienced major depression last year. Fewer than half received treatment. 1
Mental health issues are greatly misunderstood. Young people living with mental illness are often teased and shunned and improperly diagnosed. 2
Depression isnt a choice. Its an illness.
Depression affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and how one thinks about things.3
Depression causes pain for those suffering with the illness and for those who care about them.
Adolescents are often moody. But when a child has ongoing and worsening difficulties at school, at home, and with friends, parents should be concerned and seek professional advice.4
Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide in teens.5
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1. U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
2. National Institute of Mental (NIMH) Health NIH Publication No. 00-3561, Depression
3. NIMH, SAMHSA
4. Dr. Jefferson Prince Words Can Work: When Talking About Depression and Other Mental Health Disorders Blake Works Inc. 2007
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