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    1. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

      People's ideas about depression have changed over the years. New technology and new research show that depression is a disease,just like asthma or heart failure. Here are some myths and facts about depression. Myth Fact "Depression isn't real." "It's something in your head." "It's being lazy." Depression is a disease of the brain. Experts believe that certain brain chemicals go out of ...

    2. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for Depression in Children and Teens

      Drug details for Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for childhood and adolescent depression.

    3. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

      You may be depressed if you have at least five of these symptoms for 2 weeks or longer,and one of the symptoms is either sadness or loss of interest. You feel sad or hopeless. You lose interest in or stop getting pleasure from most daily activities. You lose or gain a lot of weight because of changes in how hungry you feel. You sleep too much or too little. You feel restless and unable to ...

    4. Depression in Children and Teens - Treatment Overview

      Treatment for depression in young people is similar to treatment for depression in adults and includes counseling and medications.

    5. Postpartum Depression - Cause

      Learn what causes postpartum depression.

    6. Talk to Others About Depression - Topic Overview

      Depression is a medical problem,and you have the right to keep it private. But if it harms your relationships,it may help to talk to your partner,friends,or children about it. Talking to your partner or friends Explain depression to your partner or friends. Be honest about it. Tell them it's a health problem,and that you are being treated. Tell them how it makes you feel. Help them ...

    7. Depression in Children and Teens - Topic Overview

      Sometimes depression in children and teens may be triggered by or result in conflict within the family. Family conflict can trigger depression symptoms or make them worse. And family therapy aimed at correcting these issues can improve the outcome. But this type of counseling used alone has not been proved effective for treating depression in children and teens. Family therapy may be helpful ...

    8. Depression in Children and Teens - What Happens

      Depression is different for everyone. For some people,a bout of depression begins with symptoms of anxiety (such as worrying a lot),sadness,or lack of energy. This may go on for days or months before you or others think you are depressed. And other people may feel depressed suddenly. This may happen after a big change in life,such as the loss of a loved one or a serious accident. It's ...

    9. St. John's Wort - Topic Overview

      What is St. John's wort?St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant with yellow flowers that people in European countries have used for centuries to treat depression. In the United States, it is sold as a dietary supplement and can be found at health food stores and pharmacies. What is St. John's wort used for?St. John's wort is effective in the short - term treatment of mild to moderate ...

    10. Depression in Children and Teens - Therapy

      Counseling and psychotherapy are important parts of treatment for depression. You will work with a mental health professional such as a psychologist,licensed professional counselor,clinical social worker,or psychiatrist. Together,you will develop an action plan to treat your depression. The first step is finding a therapist you trust and feel comfortable with. The therapist also should ...

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