The national institute of mental health reports that about 3. However, a diagnosis of depression relies on, over a two week period, fulfilling five of any of the following criteria as enumerated in the psychiatrists bible, the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (dsm) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, such as feeling sad, empty or tearful (in teens, depressed mood can appear as constant irritability) diminished. teenagers say depression and anxiety are major issues among their peers a mural in downtown denver in 2017, sponsored by the california-based health system kaiser permanente. Although jordan suffered for years before deciding to jump, he said, the newspaper interview was the first time he had ever discussed his feelings with anyone. What is depression in teens? Teen depression is a serious medical illness. Its more than just a feeling of being sad or blue for a few days. It is an intense feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and anger or frustration that lasts much longer. watch for our two-part series on teen depression during the local news on your abc station. Read the latest research findings and in-depth information on clinical depression and stress in adults, teens, and children. Expand your understanding of the symptoms and available treatment for. The number of middle-class teenage girls suffering from anxiety or depression has surged in the past decade with more than a third now experiencing symptoms of psychological distress.