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5 signs your teen is depressed
July 31, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Angst. Moodiness. Slamming doors. All can be taken as normal signs of growing up — but it can be difficult to tell when "growing up" behavior turns into depressed behavior.

Adolescent years are tumultuous, to say the least, and recent figures show teen girls are faring worse than boys: overall, the girls suffer at three times the rate of teen boys, and between ages 12 and 15, the percentage of girls experiencing depression triples.

12 percent of girls ages 12–15 and 4.5 percent of boys in the same age group have suffered at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, taken from the 2008 to 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Eagle Ranch Academy, a teen treatment center in St. George, provides the following tips for recognizing when teenage angst becomes depression:

Depression may manifest itself differently in teens than in adults, and teens may respond differently and more alarmingly to antidepressant medication, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Current research focuses on factors that could influence risk, treatment response and recovery.