Depression in teens comes and goes. A few months before some of the students quit school they had clinically significant depression. ADHD was not a factor significantly distinguishing dropouts but conduct disorder could be. Life activities could be limited because of major depression in many individuals. In young people ages 16 to 24 about one in eight are neither working nor in school.

In 2015, an estimated three million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For many individuals, major depression can end up limiting their ability to carry out major life activities.
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Major depression can limit life activities of teens and cause school dropouts.

The school dropout problem is critical. Administrators might not understand the best course to take in this problem. A lot of teenagers have anxiety which is also linked to school dropout along with their depression. Schools may put a higher priority on mental health services once they understand that current or recent depression raises dropout risk.

Key Takeaways:

ADHD was not a factor in distinguishing dropouts, but conduct disorder could be.
Major depression can limit some individuals’ ability to carry out major life activities.
According to Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America, at least one in eight young people age 16 to 24 are not working or in school.

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