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.
Symptoms of Depression
Having depression and being depressed aren't the same. Learn what signals depression.
Depression in Children: Symptoms and Common Types of Child Depression
Learn more from WebMD about recognizing and treating depression in children.
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.
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.
When Depression Runs in Families
If depression runs in your family, you can help your children identify and cope with the disease.
How would you help a depressed teen?
WebMD community members give advice to father worried about depressed teen.
Recognizing Childhood Depression, Anxiety
Learn the symptoms that signal depression in children and how childhood depression differs from normal sadness.