We all know the typical stereotype that teens are moody. You remember your own teen years … how intense your feelings were, how you soared to edgy emotional highs and then plummeted down into stress and heartache over troubles that seem now insignificant.
Depression is a different matter. It is not just plain moodiness. Instead, it is a mood disorder — a serious mental health condition that can sometimes even lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Until recently, it was thought that children and teens do not get mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder.
The sad truth is they do. The third leading cause of death among teens is suicide caused by untreated or undertreated depression.
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