Emotional Problems/Mood Disorders

Depression is characterized by symptoms "of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration” (World Health Organization, 2013). Depressive symptoms in adolescence have been associated with a range of poor outcomes including anxiety disorders, alcohol and nicotine dependence, poor academic performance, suicide attempt, unemployment, sexual risk behaviors, obesity, and major depression in young adulthood (Ramsawh, Chavira, & Stein, 2010; Woodward & Fergusson, 2001).



Sources Cited

World Health Organization (2013). Health topics: Depression.

Mental health, educational, and social role outcomes of adolescents with depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 59(3), 225.