Depression is a disease and a symptom. It can be a disease by itself or co-exist with other disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, or substance abuse. Generally, current research supports that approximately six percent of the adolescent population experiences some form of depression. Left untreated, adolescent depression may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youths aged 10-24. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2000)
The good news is that depression is one of the most highly treatable diseases, as “Virtually everyone who receives proper, timely intervention can be helped.” (National Association of School Psychologists Center)
In this KET call-in program, experts answer viewers’ questions about teen depression: how to identify it; its causes; how it affects student performance and general wellness; and where parents, teachers, and students can look for help in treating it. The program panelists are mental health professionals representing organizations who work extensively with teen depression:
Kentucky residents may purchase videotapes of this and other KET Kids’ Health Specials. Call 800-945-9167 or e-mail .
Statements Indicating Possible Depression
Teen to Parent:
Teen to Teen:
Teacher Observation or Teacher to Teen:
Possible Signs of Depression
Depression and Mental Health Resources
Publicly funded community services for Kentuckians with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse problems are provided through the 14 Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Boards administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. The boards are private, nonprofit organizations established by statute; each serves the residents of a designated multi-county region.
Additional online resources on depression and mental health: