What Is Teen Depression and What Causes It?

Q:
What is teen depression and what causes it?

A:
Teen depression is a serious mental health problem of teenagers that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities.

It affects how teenager thinks, feels and behaves, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

Causes
The exact causes of teen depression are unknown. But the following issues may play a role:

  • Early childhood trauma.
  • Biological chemistry.
  • Inherited traits.
  • Hormones.
  • Learned patterns of negative thinking.

 

 

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