Parenting a teenage girl, as opposed to parenting a boy, increases the likelihood that you'll have to support your child as they work through a bout of depression.

What to Know

Teenage girls are twice as likely as boys to be diagnosed with mood disorders. This is believed to be, in part, due to the fact that girls mature at a faster rate than boys, making them more aware of emotional stimuli at a younger age. Prolonged and untreated depression can negatively impact self-image and academic achievement.

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What to Do

It's very important for parents of teenage girls to regularly assess their daughter and their emotional state. Providing children with a healthy outlet for emotional stress, from athletic activities to a trusted adult friend or a therapist, can be an invaluable intervention that will inhibit stress from turning into a deeper form of depression.

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81% of those that get help for anxiety get better.