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What can I do about my child's depression?

What can I do about my child's depression?

Trained professional: Since u can't tell the severity of his symptoms, consult a professional. Milder depression could improve with therapy. Moderate to severe may still respond to therapy or needmedicine, additionally. Remember that depeession has repercussions on your child's sense of self, level of internal comfort, and social/academic performance. Seeking help is important! Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What symptoms are common in child depression?

Many symptoms: Many symptoms are not unlike those of adults, but often you will see more physical complaints, anger or what psychologists call depressive equivalents. See this for some suggestions: http://cpancf. Com/articles_files/identifyingchildhoodadolescentdepression. Asp. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a solution to child depression?

Anyone know what is a solution to child depression?

Childhood depression: This is not somehtign you should treat ove rthe internet. The child should be evlauated by a pediatri psychiatrist and dignosed accurately and treated accordingly. ...Read more

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Will I lose my child if I commit myself for depression?

Will I lose my child if I commit myself for depression?

No: You need to get the help that you require. Truth is if you voluntarily do that, it is more likely that everything will go well and when you are feeling well, you will still have custody of your child. ...Read more

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How can I make sure I don't pass on my depression to my child?

How can I make sure I don't pass on my depression to my child?

You can not do anyth: You can not do anything to make sure you do not pass depression to yourchild, so try to beat your depression and don't worry about passing on to your child. ...Read more

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If my child is diagnosed with depression, how will he be treated?

If my child is diagnosed with depression, how will he be treated?

See below:: Treatment may include psychotherapy either alone or in combination with antidepressant medication. Although opinions vary about which depression treatment should be tried first, a growing body of evidence indicates that the best approach for most children is a combination of both. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age a child can be diagnosed with depression?

What is the youngest age a child can be diagnosed with depression?

In nature: Most failure to thrive babies are actually depressed. This can be seen throughout
the entire animal kingdom. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of child depression, aroung age 10-11 years?

What are some symptoms of child depression, aroung age 10-11 years?

Similar to Adults: The symptoms of depression in children are similar to those of adults. However, there is some evidence that depressed children may be more likely to display irritability than depressed adults. Also, there is a greater likelihood of behavioral difficulties, which will often show up in the school setting. ...Read more

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Please offer some ways to cope with depression over unwanted child?

Please offer some ways to cope with depression over unwanted child?

Not sure I : Understand. Are you having an abortion? Have you had an abortion? Are you raising a child that you never wanted to have? Are you pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy? Were you an unwanted child? Can you clarify ; re-ask so that we can better help you. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?

Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms. ...Read more

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How late can post pardum depression start? Can it occur 1 – 2 years after the child is born?

Probably not: Post-partum depression typically occurs during the first weeks or months after a child is born. Its cause is not well understood but seems to be significantly biological. On the other hand, biological depression can occur at any time, as can depression from being overwhelmed--a not unusual reaction to having an infant. If you are worried, talk to your primary care doctor and seek help. ...Read more

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I believe I have depression, and worry that my child, who is in no danger from myself, will be taken from me if I seek help. How should I seek help?

I believe I have depression, and worry that my child, who is in no danger from myself, will be taken from me if I seek help. How should I seek help?

Depressed mothers: Many mothers become depressed and need treatment -- and their children are not taken away. Please don't let these worries stop you from getting the help you need! See your physician, who may also refer you to a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the risks of not treating my childs depression with medicine?

What are the risks of not treating my childs depression with medicine?

Depending on age:: Untreated depression increases the change of risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol addiction. It also can ruin peer/family relationships, cause problems at school, and make it difficult to overcome serious illnesses or cause illness. ...Read more

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Would I qualify for SSI if I have depression? I've had it since I was a child.

Would I qualify for SSI if I have depression?  I've had it since I was a child.

SSI for depression: Depression is usually a very treatable illness, and people can work even though they have bouts of it. Depending on severity, times away from work -- or even hospitalization -- may be needed occasionally. Your information shows no treatment for depression, so it's not likely SSI would be granted without this. Alcohol use can also worsen depression. Please see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was sexually abused as a child and I think I have depression?

What do you advise if I was sexually abused as a child and I think I have depression?

Take your life back: If you are asking if you are depressed, you need to talk with someone. Having been traumatized as a child, can stir issues. It's impact on relationships, your bodily experiences, trust, etc are all issues that can be addressed in therapy. Take your life back, by taking the first steps for help. ...Read more

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Could abusive parents cause child depression?

Could abusive parents cause child depression?

Yes, absolutely: Child abuse can certainly predispose to depression -- not only in children but also later in life. If neglect is also involved, chances for depression are even greater. Abuse in childhood can also be associated with chronic pain and other physical syndromes. ...Read more

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Does depression affect a child's IQ score?

Does depression affect a child's IQ score?

Yes: But only temporarily. When a person is depressed they very often don't really care much about the outside world. So, they may seem "dull" or "slow." but that goes away as the depression gets better. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my 10 year old child has depression?

Child Psychiatry: A full evaluation by a child psychiatrist is indicated. Children exhibit different symptoms of depression than adults. For example, irritability may be more pronounced. ...Read more

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What is the lower limit in age to diagnose depression in a child?

What is the lower limit in age to diagnose depression in a child?

Not too young: Ahedonia (absence of happiness) is a common childhood symptom of depression. So are irritability anger tantrums misbehavior oppositionality aggressiveness. These latter attributes could be normal in some age groups. So diagnosis is tricky under-age 5. Ahedonia is the best sign to look for. These children should have diagnosis confirmed by a child developmentalist, psychiatrist, or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a small child who is getting abused suffer from depression?

Is it ever that a small child who is getting abused suffer from depression?

Depressed child: Small children do suffer from depression as a result of abuse. The manifestation of depression in childhood are not just those of adults. Children often express withdrawal or acting out behavior, criminal or assaultive behavior. ...Read more

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I want to know the youngest age that a child can suffer from major depression?

I want to know the youngest age that a child can suffer from major depression?

Can Be Young: There is a very low frequency of depression among preschool aged chlldren. However, the incidence of depression is lower for children compared to adults. The percentage of depressed adolescents is only a little lower than in adults. ...Read more

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If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

No: Iq is a measure of inherent potential that is genetically and ohysical health determined. Stress and depression may affect performance, but not iq. ...Read more

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Could you potentially have postpardom depression even if your child is over 1 year of age?

Could you potentially have postpardom depression even if your child is over 1 year of age?

Yes: Please see your healthcare provider for evaluation. The medications available for depression are very effective. Depression is an illness, just like diabetes or thyroid disease. It must be properly diagnosed and properly treated. Please see your healthcare provider as soon as possible for your sake and the sake of your baby. Good luck! ...Read more

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How bad is stress and depression for an unborn child?

Not Well known: Not clearly known, but the current thinking is that it may, and I stress may, affect the baby's development, both physically and emotionally. ...Read more

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How do anxiety and depression for autistic child differ?

How do anxiety and depression for autistic child differ?

Varies: Just as for neurotypical individuals there is a difference but the age and level of functioning play a role in sorting out the two and they both can coexist. Depression may present as withdrawing from previously enjoyed activites or people or crying for no obvious reason. Anxiety may also prevent interactions but for different reasons or present as sensory overload or as clinginess. See provider. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a school-aged child with depression?

Many: Social withdrawal, change in school performance, diminished enjoyment or participation in doing things for fun, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep, etc. Any suspicion of depression should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could abusive parents cause child depression?

Please tell me, could abusive parents cause child depression?

Childhood: Abuse may contribute to development of depression in a child. I suspect that might also be a cause (situational depression). Situations aren't usually black ; white. Suspect that many factors impact the development of depression in a child. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of our child ending up having depression or being bipolar?

What is the likelihood of our child ending up having depression or being bipolar?

Family history?: It sounds like you're asking about your child. Do you or your spouse have mood disorders in your family. If so, the risk is significant but not a sure thing. If you are thinking of having children and have a mood disorder yourself or a serious mood disorder in a parent or sibling, have a talk with a psychiatrist who is comfortable discussing genetic risks. ...Read more

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If a mother of a child has bipolar, is it possible for the child just to have depression?

If a mother of a child has bipolar, is it possible for the child just to have depression?

Yes, or none at all: The risk of passing bipolar disorder from one parent to child is 5-15%. (it's 30-50% if both parents are bipolar.) While the child of a bipolar mother has >5x risk of bipolar disorder compared to the general population, it's nowhere near 100%. Such a child could have depression only, or could be perfectly fine. Fortunately, "perfectly fine" is the most likely outcome statistically. ...Read more