Teenage depression is a growing problem today. A few decades ago, a very large percentage of depression involved adults and teens didn’t really factor in. Now, however, statistics show that depression in teens is becoming a major problem to contend with and studies are being conducted to find out why this is happening.

Experts agree that there are several risk factors which contribute to teenage depression. Genetics is one so if a teen has a family history of depression, there is a higher likelihood that he will fall victim to it as well. However, other factors are more likely to contribute to this condition and listed below are the most common.

• Stress: Not all stress is bad but when the pressure becomes intense, feelings of underachievement and exhaustion can set in. Stress can take on many forms such as the death of a loved one, academic pressure, personal relationship failures and family conflicts.

• Abuse: Abuse and neglect are two sides of the same coin. Abuse may be physical, sexual or emotional while neglect will involve not providing nurture and care by parents or guardians.

• Illness: Certain illnesses that prevent a teen from pursuing his ambitions or dreams can cause depression. Since the desire to fit in and excel is a demand imposed by parents and the teen himself, factors that prevent him from achieving those goals can lead him to enter a depressed state.