Here’s a startling statistic from the National Institute of Mental Health: about one in 10 teens will be diagnosed with a depressive disorder by age 18. While it’s hard to say whether teen depression is on the rise or if we’re just more aware of it than we used to be, there’s no denying that depression is a huge problem for teens and for even younger children, too.
The teen years are a time of great changes, some of which are quite challenging. How can you tell the difference between the normal angst that accompanies the transition from child to adult and a true clinical teen depression? An important factor is time. If your teen has been in a low mood for several months and seems to have withdrawn from many social activities, it may be time to sit down and have a serious talk. Keep in mind that teen depression can express itself as anger or irritability just as often as overwhelming sadness.
Learn the Signs of Teen Depression
While depression can affect all teens, those with an ASD diagnosis are especially prone to teen depression. This may be due in part to the fact that they are more likely to be bullied and to face peer rejection over a long period of time. Teens with ASD often feel like outsiders, which can contribute to the negative thinking patterns which are part of depression.
At Face Value Comics, we want to raise awareness of the problem of teen depression. We also want to give teens the ability to talk about depressive feelings. By having characters who confront depression, we hope to show all teens, both neurotypical and ASD, that they don’t need to be ashamed of depression and that help can be found from their parents or another trusted adult. Our comics teach that depression is very real and is not cause for shame or embarrassment.
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