The teen depression statistics are staggering and extremely eye opening! Depressive illnesses are on the rise among teenagers and can have a serious impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. It’s important to take a look at these statistics and raise your awareness so you can help a teen that may be suffering from a depressive disorder.
The statistics are one thing, you're personal experience is something else. If you think you may be suffering with a depressive disorder you may wanto to take my Teenage Depression Test so that you can learn more.
Teen Depression Statistics
20% of teens will suffer from a depressive disorder prior to adulthood
30% of teens that suffer from being seriously depressed have co-morbidity, meaning they also suffer from alcoholism or other substance abuse
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in teenagers
When it goes untreated, it is the primary cause of suicide in teens where they are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide
Only 30% of depressed teens get treatment
For every 1 suicide death in teens there are 10 more attempts
Girls suffer from depression more often than boys, yet boys are more likely to die by suicide
Teenage boys are less likely to seek help for their depressed feelings
Almost 10% of the teen population has attempted suicide, 20% have thought about it
15% of teens that suffer with a depressive disorder will develop bipolar disorder
Approximately 1/3 of depressed teens will turn to alcohol or other substances
Approximately 50% of depressed teens have a family history of depression
There are many causes of teen depression and understanding these causes as well as the signs of teenage depression is critical so that you can help the teen as soon as possible. Early intervention is extremely important and if treated early enough the teen will feel a whole lot better in just a couple weeks after beginning treatment!
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