Teens Reluctant To Seek Help For Depression Because Of Social Stigma

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Depression is a disorder that impacts all age groups and teens are no exception. But there is a big problem: teenagers often fail to seek help from depression because they’re embarrassed about the problem.

There are barriers but not necessarily what you would expect.

A common belief is that financial concerns would be the biggest issue. There is no doubt that finances play a role, but far and away, stigma was the major issue.

In the past, when teens were polled, worries about stigma and the reactions of their family members were listed as major concerns and barriers to care.

If you have a teenager you think is struggling with depression, it’s important to speak with him or her about this. Let your child know that this is a major issue and they should seek help.

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