Depression Test for Teens

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.[1]

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.[2]

The depression test for teens is made to help, and not replace expert clinical opinion.

Mental Health in Teens Infographic

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