Depression in adolescence

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2003 Mar-Apr;32(2):239-48. doi: 10.1177/0884217503252133.


Major depressive disorder is a common problem for adolescents. It has a wide array of symptoms affecting somatic, cognitive, affective, and social processes. Academic failure, poor peer relationships, behavioral problems, conflict with parents and other authority figures, and substance abuse are some of the consequences of major depressive disorder in this age group. Effective treatments include nontricyclic antidepressants and coping skills training. The nurse is key to depression detection and suicide prevention, especially in primary care settings. Through psychoeducation, nurses can promote recovery from depression by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, enhancing social skills, and assisting the adolescent to identify and use sources of social support. These measures can prevent premature death and promote long-term well-being of the adolescent.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Depression* / drug therapy
  • Depression* / epidemiology
  • Depression* / nursing
  • Depression* / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / nursing*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Prevalence
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Social Support
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Antidepressive Agents