Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult. 

Depression in Adolescents

Depression in adolescents


We begin this chapter with a case study of adolescent depression and a discussion of the case study. Next we discuss prevalence, including gender differences in the prevalence of adolescent depression. Then we give an overview of the symptoms, signs, and assessment of adolescent depression. We follow this with a discussion of close relationships, treatment, and prevention. We also have a brief section regarding concerns about suicide in adolescents. Finally, we cover certain special topics and present clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and some suggested readings.

Case Study

Kim is sending e-mail to her best friend, Liz, who has recently moved 1,300 miles away. Kim is 16 years old, in the 10th grade, and physically healthy. However, she seems to be depressed.

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