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According to medical statistics almost 1 in 10 teens in the US, particularly in older age groups, had major depression with less than 50% receiving treatment. Depression is characterized by anhedonia (loss of interest), lowered mood, altered sleeping and appetite and loss of concentration for longer than 2 weeks. Troubled teens are more likely to abuse illicit substances and engage in dangerous behavior.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters
About: High proportion of American adolescents with depression
Date: 29 December 2005
Author: Susan Heavey
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