Who Is Affected by Depression in Children and Teens
Who Is Affected by Depression in Children and Teens?
Depression in children and teens is a growing problem that often goes unrecognized and untreated. Depression affects young people from all races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Before puberty, depression occurs equally in boys and girls. After puberty, girls are two to three times more likely than boys to experience depression.1 Depression lasts an average of 8 months in children and adolescents. Even with treatment, at least half of those children and adolescents with depression suffer another depression episode.2
Some children and adolescents are at higher risk for developing depression, such as those who:
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