Troubling Trend: Depression Rates Rising in Teens

Troubling Trend: Depression Rates Rising in Teens

Understanding Depression Slideshow

By Katherine Kam
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD

Dec. 2, 2016 — When Elizabeth began to feel depressed during her freshman year in high school, she ate little and slept poorly. But she threw herself into a busy schedule of school and sports, hoping that she could outpace her sadness and anxiety.

“I didn’t feel right, and I didn’t know what to do. I tried to keep myself as busy as possible,” she says. “I’d call it a bad day and leave it at that. I’d try to wake up the next morning and put on as happy a face as I could.”

She began pulling away from others and became “distant and nervous,” she says. But she wouldn’t confide in anyone — not even her mother, who suspected that she was struggling. “I’d cry to my mom and tell her that I was just really tired. I needed to go to bed and start again the next day,” she says.

“One day, I couldn’t take it,” says