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What factors can help in the diagnosis of depression in children?

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There are no specific tests -- medical or psychological -- that can clearly show depression, but clinical interviews conducted by trained and experienced mental health professionals along with tools such as questionnaires (for both the child and parents) combined with personal information can be very useful. Information from teachers, friends and classmates can be useful for showing that these symptoms are consistent during your child's various activities and are a marked change from previous behavior.

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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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