Depression is not your fault or caused by something you did wrong. Many things can contribute to depression, including:

  • Factors such as hormones or brain chemistry.
  • Trauma like physical and sexual abuse or violence; rejection or neglect by loved ones; neglect; major changes in life; and ongoing high levels of stress.
  • Genetics. Sometimes depression runs in families. Teens whose parents who have experienced depression are more likely to experience it themselves. (View Source)
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Untreated depression is the #1 cause of suicide in both teens and adults.

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