Transitional Age Youth and College Mental Health

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Transitional age youth with a history of mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder, are uniquely vulnerable to clinical destabilization and relapse in the context of life transition. Moving from a structured adolescence to a more independent and potentially more demanding young adult life can result in worsening symptoms and barriers to effective help-seeking. Transitional age youth newly diagnosed are exposed to their first course of treatment of a potentially chronic condition. This article describes the challenges inherent in navigating this life transition, and also offers strategies to promote a successful “launch” into adulthood.




Chan, V., Moore, J., Derenne, J., & Fuchs, D. C. (2019, July 1). Transitional Age Youth and College Mental Health. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. W.B. Saunders.

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