Know This First
Suspend Your Assumptions about the brooding teenager.
Teen depression isn't a weakness or something that can be overcome with willpower — it can have serious consequences and requires long-term treatment. For most teens, depression symptoms ease with treatment such as medication and psychological counseling.
Symptoms Can Vary In Intensity
Signs & Symptoms
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Feeling hopeless or empty
- Irritable or annoyed mood
- Frustration over small matters
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Conflict with family and friends
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Fixation on past failures
- Exaggerated self-blame or criticism
- Extreme sensitivity to rejection
- Need for excessive reassurance
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
Qualify Ahead of Time
Unfortunately, we need participants fit specific criteria. You may not qualify if you've experienced the following:
- Other conduct disorders
- Learning disorders
- ADD or ADHD
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Risk of self-injury
- Suicidal risk
- Cardiovascular disease
- Atrial fibrillation
Teens Experiencing Depression
More Likely to Attempt Suicide
What if I don't have health insurance?
You pay nothing to participate.
Funding for clinical research comes from the federal government such as the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and private industry such as pharmaceutical and biotech companies, medical institutions, and foundations.
What causes Adolescent Depression?
And what are some of the risk factors that parents should be on watch for.
Causes of Depression
It’s not known exactly what causes depression, but a variety of issues may be involved. These include:
Biological chemistry. Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of your brain and body. When these chemicals are abnormal or impaired, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems change, leading to depression.
Hormones. Changes in the body’s balance of hormones may be involved in causing or triggering depression.
Inherited traits. Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives also have the condition.
Early childhood trauma. Traumatic events during childhood, such as physical or emotional abuse, or loss of a parent, may cause changes in the brain that make a person more susceptible to depression.
Learned patterns of negative thinking. Teen depression may be linked to learning to feel helpless — rather than learning to feel capable of finding solutions for life’s challenges.
Some Common Risk factors
Many factors increase the risk of developing or triggering teen depression, including:
- Having issues that negatively impact self-esteem, such as obesity, peer problems, long-term bullying or academic problems
- Having been the victim or witness of violence, such as physical or sexual abuse
- Having other conditions, such as bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, a personality disorder, anorexia or bulimia
- Having a learning disability or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Having ongoing pain or a chronic physical illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma
- Having a physical disability
- Having certain personality traits, such as low self-esteem or being overly dependent, self-critical or pessimistic
- Abusing alcohol, nicotine or other drugs
- Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in an unsupportive environment