Adolescents with Down syndrome may show somewhat different symptoms of depression than their non-disabled peers. The following symptoms are often associated with depression in teens with Down syndrome:

Because adolescents with Down syndrome often develop depression after a loss, it’s important for nurses to assess for symptoms following the death of a family member, change in schools, retirement of a caregiver, or other loss-related events. Standard antidepressant medications, including SSRI’s, are used in teens with Down syndrome.

Teens with Down syndrome often show signs of depression following a change in schools or other loss-related events.