This depression test for teens is based on the 6-ITEM Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale. The Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale serves as a self-report scale especially created to diagnosis and measure the degree of teenage depression.
The teenage depression test could help to evaluate if an individual has depression symptoms. The teen depression test is just a preliminary test and is not a diagnostic tool for depression. Should the test results reveal a chance of depression then a qualified healthcare professional should be consulted.
Teenage depression statistics
- 2.8 million young people aged 12 – 17 had one or more episodes of major depression in 2014.
- Approximately 5% of teenagers experience major depression at any one given time.
- Around 10 – 15% of teenagers experience some depression symptoms at any one given time.
- Most teenagers having depression suffer from one or more episode. 20 – 40% have more than 1 episode within 2 years and 70% will more than 1 episode before adulthood. Teen depression episodes usually last up to 8 months.
- Approximately 8.3% of teenagers experience depression for 1 year at a time, in comparison to around 5.3% of the general population.
- Dysthymia, a kind of long-lasting mild depression, affecting about 2% of teens, and around the same amount of develop bipolar disorder in their late teenage years. 15% of teens with depression develop bipolar disorder at some stage.
- A small percentage of teenagers also experience seasonal depression, normally for the duration of the higher latitude winter months.
The depression test for teens is made to help, and not replace expert clinical opinion.