Do teen depressions affect their adulthood?
Research says that adults who even for once had experienced an episode of major depressive disorder in adolescence are at high risk from pervasive psychosocial impairment (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 112). For these adults, there remained an element of psychosocial impairment that can affect all aspects of their adult life like physical well-being, interpersonal relationships, quality of life etc.
Adolescents, who have had episodes of depression, remain singularly vulnerable to a relapse of the depressive episode in their adulthood as well. Apart from these episodes affecting their behavioral patterns, these depressive phases are likely to leave a mark in academic performance, marital life, and relationship with their children in adulthood.
For the above-mentioned reasons, it is of vital importance that parents of adolescents learn to identify the early signs of depression in their children and seek therapeutical interventions as early as possible.