Transitional Age Youth and College Mental Health

Vivien Chan, Jessica Moore, Jennifer Derenne, D. Catherine Fuchs

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-375
Number of pages13
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Adolescent
  • College
  • Depression
  • Development
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitional age youth
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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