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Teens suffering with depression struggle to recall certain memories, which affects their performance in school.

A study from the University of Reading found that highly depressed teenagers display poorer working memory than their healthy counterparts. Additionally, depressed teens ruminate more than their classmates.

Researchers say these disruptions in memory and thinking abilities interfere with learning, school work, and other everyday tasks.

The team says it’s important we understand why depressed teens struggle in school and that these findings could help support young, depressed students.


University of Reading (2019, February 21). Teenage Depression Linked to Inability to Recall Specific Memories. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved February 21, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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