Depression in Children and Teens Directory
Depression in children and teens is reflected in a persistent sadness or negativity that interferes with social activities, interests, schoolwork, personal appearance, and family life. In children older than 12, symptoms may include drug and alcohol use and thoughts of suicide. The cause of depression is usually a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Treatment includes antidepressants. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how depression in children and teens is diagnosed, causes of depression in children and teens, treatment of depression in children and teens, and much more.
Because some depressed children appear happy, depression in children can be difficult to diagnose. But many depressed children become suicidal, making diagnosis crucial.
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