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How was I to Know Current Perspectives on Adolescent Depression Depression is a disorder that affects the human psyche in such a way that the affected tends to act and react abnormally toward others as well as themselves Therefore it comes as no surprise to discover that adolescent depression is strongly linked to teen suicide Adolescent suicide is now responsible for more deaths in youths aged 15 to 19 than cancer Blackman 1995 Despite this increased suicide rate depression in this age group is greatly under diagnosed and leads to serious difficulties in school work and personal adjustment which may often continue into and occasionally through adulthood The question we must ask ourselves as clinicians is how prevalent are mood disorders in children and adolescents Since all adolescents exhibit frequent mood swings changes in eating habits and other observable changes during the individuation process when is an adolescent with these changes in mood considered clinically depressed Some researches have said the reason why depression is often over looked in children and adolescents is because children are not always able to articulate how they feel Often the symptoms of mood disorders take on different forms in children than in adults Adolescence is a time of emotional turmoil mood swings gloomy thoughts and heightened sensitivity It is a time when the child begins to individuate and separate from parents It is also a time of rebellion and experimentation It was Blackman observed that the challenge is to identify depressive symptomatology which may be superimposed on the backdrop of a more transient but expected development storm What this means is diagnosis should not lay only in the physicians hands but be associated with parents teachers and anyone who interacts with the patient on a daily basis Unlike adult depression symptoms of childhood and adolescent depression are often masked by what may be considered to be normal age appropriate behavior and action In
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