Depression in Adolescent Females
Jessica Masta, Taylor Bertrand, Gabrielle Saulnier and Anna Pankow
Faculty Mentor:  Kathleen Pool

Center for Gender Symposium ~ 5:00-5:15pm ~ Heth 022
Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. among teens and adults, affecting over 300 million people. A study done over the course of 7 years showed that out of 496 females between the ages of 12 and 20, 1 in every 6 girls experienced Major Depression Disorder. Within a one-year period, the most common age for young girls with depression was 16. It is estimated that 20% of teens experience depression before reaching adulthood and 17.3% of those teens are female. Symptoms include: excessive sleeping/fatigue, restlessness and agitation, mood changes, and weight fluctuation. The most common treatments for teens with depression are prescribed medication and the use of therapy. Depression can be linked to mood disorders, with similar risk factors such as self-esteem issues, being the victim of a trauma (usually sexual assault), and obesity. Preventative measures like eating a healthy diet, getting adequate exercise, and finding ways to reduce stress through relaxing activities can help adolescent females avoid this disorder.
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