Teens & Depression

Teens at Risk for Depression

New research is suggesting that “Goth teens” (typically wear black, have piercings or odd adornments, etc.) are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed clinically depressed by the time they are 18 years old. They are also 5 times more likely to inflict self-injury (burn, cut, scar) compared to those who don’t associate themselves with the Goth subculture.

Though all teens can be at risk for depression, those who are considered Goth tend to fall into depression at far greater rates then those who identify in other subcultures.

Depression is a real condition and it can be hard to treat and recover from. Early detection and having an open dialogue about problems may be able to help. Working together with these groups to identify problems they are having and places offering help might be effective. Public campaigns that help reduce stigmas and shed light on problems can also be important. Knowing what treatments are available to those at risk may also help.

If you know anyone with signs or symptoms of depression or self-harming, please get them the help they need.

Health care facilities should have a list of community services that can offer help.


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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.


LA Times “Goth teens more at risk of depression” – Melissa Healy.