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Depression and Adolescents

Posted Aug 14 2008 10:18am


A finding in a recent article in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study found that depressive symptoms are often unrecognized in adolescents. Here are some of the risk factors for adolescents:

  1. female
  2. not involved in social activities
  3. knew someone who intentionally hurt himself or herself or died a violent death
  4. were currently involved in a sexual relationship, or used street drugs

Here’s an excerpt of the findings:

A total of 967 patients were enrolled. According to the Beck Depression Inventory II, 20% (197 patients) had moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Of these, 58% recognized their depressive symptoms and 50% were recognized by their guardians as having depressive symptoms. When compared with nondepressed patients, adolescents with depressive symptoms more often were female, were not involved in organized social activities, knew someone who intentionally hurt himself or herself or died a violent death, were currently involved in a sexual relationship, or used street drugs. Race, family income, family stability, and witnessing violence were not associated with a positive depression screen result.

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