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Is childhood depression the same as sadness?

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Childhood depression is different from the normal "blues" and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems depressed or sad does not necessarily mean they have depression. But if these symptoms become persistent, disruptive, and interfere with social activities, interests, schoolwork and family life, it may mean that he or she has the medical condition depression.

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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