Only smiling on the outside: How teens hide depression

Some research indicates that nearly one-third of teens between 9th and 12th grades experience symptoms of depression. But statistics won’t tell us how teens are dealing with it, hiding it, or how they might help each other open up, to cope and combat the negative feelings. “…I know how people perceive me on the outside—that I’m like this funny person who like laughs a lot and all that. I don’t want any of them to know how I’m feeling on the inside.” A personal perspective about youth and mental health, which aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, by Youth Radio.


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