Boys experience depression differently than girls. Here’s why that matters

Surveys of teen mental health may underestimate boys’ despair

A photo of a teen boy's profile with the light shining just on his face.

The ways in which boys tend to experience depression are often overlooked on typical surveys of teen mental health.

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Teenagers in the United States are in crisis. That news got hammered home earlier this year following the release of a nationally representative survey showing that over half of high school girls reported persistent feelings of “sadness or hopelessness” — common words used to screen for depression.