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- What is childhood depression?
- What are the types of depression in children?
- What are causes and risk factors for depression in children?
- What are the symptoms and warning signs of depression in children?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose depression in children? Who are specialists?
- What should parents do if they suspect that their child is depressed?
- What is the treatment for depression in children?
- What are complications of depression in children?
- What is the prognosis for depression in children?
- Is it possible to prevent depression in children?
- Where can families get information and support for childhood depression?
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What is childhood depression?
Clinically significant depression can be generally understood as being severe enough to interfere with the person's ability to function. It is quite common at every age, affecting more than 16% of the population in the United States at sometime in their lives. Other statistics about depression include its tendency to occur at a rate of about 2% prior to the teenage years and is a leading cause of health impairment (morbidity) and death (mortality). About 3,000 adolescents and young adults die by suicide each year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death in people aged 10-24 years.
What are the types of depression in children?
Children may suffer from the episodes of moderate to severe depression associated with major depressive disorder, or more chronic, mild to moderate low mood of dysthymia. Depression may also be part of other mood problems like bipolar disorder, as a consequence of psychosis, as part of a medical condition like hypothyroidism, or the result of exposure to certain medications such as cold medications or drug abuse, like cocaine withdrawal.