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Depression is a disease that afflicts the human psyche in such a way that the afflicted tends to
act and react abnormally toward others and themselves. Therefore it comes to 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 cardiovascular disease or 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 adulthood.
How prevalent are mood disorders in children and when should an adolescent with changes in
mood be considered clinically depressed? Brown (1996) has said the reason why depression is
often over looked in children and adolescents is because "children are not always able to express
how they feel." Sometimes the symptoms of mood disorde...
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