Staggering Teen
Depression Statistics

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 any type of 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 want 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!

    If you are depressed or suspect someone who is, it is so important that it get formally diagnosed and treated as soon as possible! Depression can be successfully treated. 

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