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High proportion of American adolescents with depression

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.

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About: High proportion of American adolescents with depression

Date: 29 December 2005

Source: Reuters

Author: Susan Heavey

URL: http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2005-12-29T231948Z_01_EIC968002_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-DEPRESSION-DC.XML

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