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.
Teen Depression: Symptoms and Tips for Parents
Moodiness and irritability are normal features of adolescence. But they are also symptoms of depression. WebMD explains which symptoms to look for if you are concerned that your teenager is depressed and how to get him help.
Childhood depression is different from the normal "blues" and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Learn the signs of childhood depression and how it's treated.
Depression in Children and Teens-Health Tools
This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding childhood depression.
Depression in Children and Teens-Symptoms
Depression in a child or teen may occur suddenly or develop gradually. Your child may seem more irritable than sad or may feel bored or hopeless. It is common for others to notice that a depressed child's body movements are slow, restless, or agitated.
How would you help a depressed teen?
WebMD community members give advice to father worried about depressed teen.
Childhood Depression: Matter of Life or Death
Because some depressed children appear happy, depression in children can be difficult to diagnose. But many depressed children become suicidal, making diagnosis crucial.
Kids and Antidepressants: A Growing Problem
The FDA warned of a drug-suicide link this year. Are we rushing to medicate our kids or rushing to judgment about drugs that may truly help some of them?
Recognizing Childhood Depression, Anxiety
Learn the symptoms that signal depression in children and how childhood depression differs from normal sadness.