DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENTS
All individuals may become depressed at some point in time. However, when feelings of depression persist and interfere with a childs ability to work, it is termed as depression.
Children and teenagers are as prone as adults to suffer from depression. At any given point in time, about 5% of children in a population suffer from depression.
Warning signs of depression: -
Depressed children may behave differently as compared to depressed adults. Help should be seeked if following signs persist-
Children under stress and those having ADHD, conduct disorders and learning disabilities are more prove to depression. Depression may also run in families. Troublesome behavior is a sign of depression and parents may not realize it as the teenager may not appear sad.
Early diagnosis and treatment is very essential. Parents should take professional help from a child psychiatrist. Treatment may include both individual and family therapy and also may include antidepressant medications.
See also "Depression"
Last updated on 17-03-2001