Ratnani Purvi, Gupta Pramod
Abstract: Introduction All over the globe 10-20 % of children and adolescents experience some form of mental disorders. Depression is ranked by WHO as the single largest contributor to global disability and suicide deaths amongst 15-29 year olds. AIMS & OBJECTIVE- To find out the prevalence of depression amongst adolescents and their approach towards it. Material and methods Total 1160, 9th-12th grade students participated in this study. Becks Depression Inventory II (1) and a detailed questionnaire was used for assessment of prevalence of depression and their approach towards it. Results The prevalence of mild depression was found to be 52.6 %, more common in 12th graders and girls (56 %).71 % of the students re-ported that studies, peer pressure, relationships, social groups and quarrels at home were the main reason of depression.44 % report-ed they had suicidal thoughts and 49 % said they looked upto their friends for help and 39.7 % did not seek help. Conclusions Schools and social platform can offer unique opportunities for effective implementation of interventions aimed at early recognition and prevention of depression.
Keywords: Depression, adolescent, mental health, suicidal thoughts, peer pressure