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How is Depression Detected?
A major depressive disorder is not very common in children in the years before adolescence, but the disorder becomes much more prevalent in adolescents. Some studies have suggested that as many as one in five adolescents will have experienced symptoms of depression before they’re out of their teen years. Once they have experienced symptoms, more than half of them will experience a recurrence of symptoms within two years, and fully 70% will experience a relapse within five years.
However, major depression is often difficult to spot in adolescents. Depressive episodes may resolve themselves without treatment, half the time within two months, and the first signs noticed are often physical symptoms, such as fatigue or aches and pains, which may be misdiagnosed.
Potential early signs of major depression in young people include:
- Separation anxiety (in pre-adolescents)
- Poor sleep habits
- Decline in grades
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Anger or irritability
- Unexplained aches or pains
- Symptoms of ADHD
- Substance abuse
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