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Teenaged depression is increasing in incidence and can affect social, emotional and academic aspects of life. While it is a mental disorder, depression in adolescents tends to be an intermittent part of growing up, with little impact on later life. Risks for developing chronic depression include genetic factors, female sex, depressive tendencies from a young age, poor social skills and lack of stable relationships.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medindia.com
About: Depression in adolescents: normal part of growing up
Date: 28 May 2005
Author: University of California
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