This depression test for teens is based on the 6-ITEM Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale. The Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale serves as a self-report scale especially created to diagnosis and measure the degree of teenage depression.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
The teenage depression test could help to evaluate if an individual has depression symptoms. The teen depression test is just a preliminary test and is not a diagnostic tool for depression.
Should the test results reveal a chance of depression then a qualified healthcare professional should be consulted.
Teenage depression statistics
- 2.8 million young people aged 12 – 17 had one or more episodes of major depression in 2014.
- Approximately 5% of teenagers experience major depression at any one given time.
- Around 10 – 15% of teenagers experience some depression symptoms at any one given time.
- Most teenagers having depression suffer from one or more episode. 20 – 40% have more than 1 episode within 2 years and 70% will more than 1 episode before adulthood. Teen depression episodes usually last up to 8 months.
- Approximately 8.3% of teenagers experience depression for 1 year at a time, in comparison to around 5.3% of the general population.
- Dysthymia, a kind of long-lasting mild depression, affecting about 2% of teens, and around the same amount of develop bipolar disorder in their late teenage years. 15% of teens with depression develop bipolar disorder at some stage.
- A small percentage of teenagers also experience seasonal depression, normally for the duration of the higher latitude winter months.2✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
The depression test for teens is made to help, and not replace expert clinical opinion.