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Some teens show signs of future depression

4:42pm, February 3, 2004

Certain characteristics typify teens who suffer recurrences of depression as young adults, raising researchers' hopes for devising improved depression treatments, a new study finds.

But, the current outlook for depressed teens isn't bright. The results indicate that by their early 20's, about half of these young people have again experienced depression's trademark blend of melancholy, despair, and apathy.

Adolescents destined for recurrences of depression had earlier exhibited severe symptoms of the disorder, had parents and siblings who had suffered from depression, and felt an overwhelming desire for the support and approval of others, reports a team led by psychologist Peter M. Lewinsohn of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene.

Depressed teenage girls more often experienced recurrences than their male counterparts did, the scientists add. Emotional prospects in young adulthood proved worst for depressed girls who clashed often with their parents and had diff

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