Preventing depression in adolescents

Published: May, 2010

Interventions are most effective when targeted to youths most at risk.

Each year, about 1% to 6% of children and teenagers develop major depression. This mood disorder not only interferes with school achievement and relationships, but also increases the risk of suicide (the third leading cause of death in adolescents). Early onset of depression also raises the risk of developing more severe and chronic symptoms later in life.

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