Teen Depression (cont.)

If you feel overwhelmed or unable to reach your teen, or if you continue to be concerned, seek help from a qualified health care professional.

Can't teen depression go away without medical treatment?

Teen depression tends to come and go in episodes. Once a teenager has one bout of depression, he or she is likely to get depressed again at some point. The consequence of letting teen depression go untreated can be extremely serious, even deadly.

WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

Food and Drug Administration: "The Lowdown on Depression."

Mental Health America: "Factsheet: Depression in Teens."

Medline Plus: "Adolescent Depression."

ParentsMedGuide.org: "The Use of Medication in Treating Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Information for Patients and Families."

SAMHSA: "Major Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Medline Plus: "Teen Mental Health."

American Psychiatric Association, Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression, 2000.

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR, American Psychiatric Pub, 2000.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 12, 2012


Last Editorial Review: 2/12/2012 7:30:54 PM



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