Warning Signs and What Parents Can Do
Could your teenage daughter be suffering from depression? If you have reason to be concerned, you may want to learn more about the startling incidence of depression in teenage girls.
Ten percent of teenage girls suffer at least one depressive episode per year, according to a University of Alberta - Canada study. The study, which analyzed data on more than 1,300 young men and women between the ages of 12 and 19, also found that the number of girls who admitted to a depressive episode within the last year was twice as high as the number of boys. Girls in their late teens (ages 16 to 19) appeared to be more prone to serious depressive episodes.
Head researcher Nancy Galambos, Ph.D., believes that hormonal turmoil and the social anxieties that come with adolescence combine to put teen girls at risk. "Problems with peers, difficulties in romantic relationships and family changes might occur in relatively short order and combine with the physical and hormonal changes of puberty to create vulnerability," Galambos notes.
A person may be suffering from a major depressive episode if he or she shows many of the following symptoms regularly for at least two weeks:
What Parents Can Do
If you believe your daughter or a teen acquaintance may be depressed, try these recommendations:
For further information, visit the National Institute of Mental Health online at www.nimh.nih.gov.
Elizabeth A. Allen is a former editorial assistant for Parenthood.com.
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