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.
Depression in Children and Teens - Health Tools
This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding childhood depression.
MAOIs for Depression in Children and Teens
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.
Depression in Children and Teens - Exams and Tests
Your doctor or another health professional will evaluate and diagnose depression in your child by asking questions about your child's medical history and conducting tests to determine if symptoms are caused by something other than depression. Your child m
Depression in Children and Teens - When To Call a Doctor
For a depressed child, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if your child makes threats or attempts to harm himself or herself or another person, shows other warning signs of suicide, hears voices (has auditory hallucinations), or feels he or
Depression in Children and Teens - What Happens
Depression in a child or teen may first appear as irritability, sadness, or sudden, unexplained crying. He or she may lose interest in activities once enjoyed or feel unloved and hopeless. He or she may have problems in school and become withdrawn.
Depression in Children and Teens - Prevention
It is difficult to prevent a first episode of depression, but it may be possible to prevent or reduce the severity of future episodes of depression (relapses). There is some evidence that if a child receives cognitive - behavioral therapy (CBT) in a group
Depression in Children and Teens - Cause
Learn about depression in childhood and adolescence and what causes it.
Depression in Children and Teens - What Increases Your Risk
Several factors increase a young person's chance of developing depression, including having a parent or immediate family member who is depressed. This is the most important risk factor for depression in children.