Thursday, Jun. 11, 2009



• 5% of adolescents experience depression in a given year; 20% eventually do

• Around age 13, depression becomes twice as common among girls

Warning Signs

• Declining interest in personal care or appearance

• A tendency to ruminate

• Expressions of powerlessness

• Persistent pessimism


• One successful program helps at-risk kids change negative thinking patterns. Also, a Harvard approach teaches symptomatic kids that depression is treatable and has genetic origins, lifting the stigma