Children and teens might not show all of the usual symptoms of depression seen in adults, but they will often have some of them. Younger children who are depressed may:
Older children who are depressed may:
If you notice these signs every day for several weeks, it might mean your child is depressed.
Many things can cause depression, including genetics, medical conditions, and life events. The following are some of the reasons children and teens might get depressed:
Ask your child about his or her thoughts and feelings. It may also be a good idea to talk to your doctor about your child's behavior and your concerns about his or her depression. In most cases, taking your child to your family doctor is a good idea. A medical problem may be causing the depression. Your doctor may want to give your child a general medical check-up.
Most depressed children and teens should talk to a counselor, therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist about what is making them feel the way they are feeling. Family counseling can help everyone in the family. Your family doctor can refer you and your child to someone for counseling. Most depressed children and teens do best when they get both counseling and medicine.
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