This information is adapted from "Families For Depression Awareness"
Depression is not normal teen moodiness; it is a medical condition that interferes with a child’s life and may
have long-lasting symptoms. Depression can lead to suicide. Treatment is essential. Consider these facts:
1. Depression begins in adolescence.
• At least half of all cases of depression begin by age 14.*
2. Teen depression is common.
• By the end of their teen years, 20% will have had
3. Depression is treatable.
• More than 85% of teens improve with a combination of
medication and therapy.*
4. Over 65% of teens don’t receive treatment from a mental
5. Untreated depression has serious consequences.
It can lead to
• Substance abuse*
• Academic failure
• Eating disorders
• Suicide, which is the second leading cause of death
among 15- to 24-year-olds.*
If you are concerned about these issues, here are some things you can do
• Learn about teen depression and how you can help by viewing this FREE webinar,
Teen Depression Through 3 Lenses: Young Adult, Parent, Clinician,
on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET. Register at www.familyaware.org/trainings.
• View additional resources at www.familyaware.org/teens.
*For a more detailed Teen Depression Fact Sheet, including citations, please visit www.familyaware.org/teens.
• If a teen you know has been thinking about death or suicide, page their clinician,
call 9-1-1, or take them to their local emergency room immediately