Washington, Aug 28 : The teenage years are a time of emotional highs and lows, so it is often difficult to distinguish whether a child is in a bad mood or under depression. Now, experts have come up with few ways, which would help in identifying mood swings and depression in adolescents.
Depressive symptoms often start appearing around age 13, and increases between 16 and 24 years of age. Yet depression can be difficult to diagnose in young people, because symptoms seldom involve mood alone.
A new study showed that less than half of teen patients suffered from depressive symptoms and were more likely to experience mood swings including agitation, anxiety, attention difficulties, or defiant behaviors.