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Teen Depression and Suicide: A Silent Crisis

Kroning, Maureen; Kroning, Kayla

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000254
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Adolescent depression is a serious problem affecting 10.7% of all teens and 29.9% of high school students; 17% of high school students have contemplated suicide. Yet, depression in teens is often unrecognized. This article relays the tragic death of a 17-year-old, along with symptoms of depression and suicide in adolescents; DSM-5 criteria for depression; treatments including protective factors, psychotherapy, and medications; and imparts interventions for addressing this huge but silent crisis.

How serious is adolescent depression? Around 11% of teens ages 12–17 and 30% of high school students suffered from depression in 2013; 17% contemplated suicide. Learn DSM-5 depression criteria and ways to intervene.

Maureen Kroning, EdD, RN, is a nursing supervisor at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York, and an Associate Professor at Nyack College of Nursing. Her greatest reward is teaching future generations of nurses.

Kayla Kroning is studying chemistry and neuroscience at Gordon College. She plans to become an adolescent/child psychiatrist. Kayla is passionate about helping and caring for the mentally ill and hopes to spend her future doing this work.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 8/17/2015.

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