Teens may disguise depression symptoms by saying they're 'down' or 'sad'
Next time you talk to a teenager, listen closely — he or she may be describing developing depression without using that actual term. A study set to be presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco found that teens rarely invoke the phrase "depressed" to label how they're feeling. They rely on words like "down" or "sad" to communicate their mental state, but doctors and other adults shouldn't just write these expressions off as typical teen drama. They should tune in.
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