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Doctor insights on: Chronic Minor Depression In Children

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Depression in children common?

Depression in children common?

No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids - those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...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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How can u treat depression in children?

How can u treat depression in children?

Child depression: Depending on severity, following evaluation by a child psychiatrist, psychotherapy, both individual and family, group therapy, and mexications if deemed necessary. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

Pretty much the: Same as adults: low mood, crying spells, loss of interest, low energy, etc. For more, check out the american academy of child and adolescent psychiatry. ...Read more

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Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?

Parents are good: Parental involvement in a child's life is very important to his/her overall being, growth as an individual, and general self-esteem. Lack of attention, or involvement may play prominent role in depression. ...Read more

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What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?

What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?

No: A history of mild depression should not adversely affect your ability to work with children. With a history of depression, it is important to be able to recognize the early signs of it shall it re-surface. This way you will be able to get prompt treatment. ...Read more

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Should a woman with chronic depression have children?

Should a woman with chronic depression have children?

Reflection needed: Doubtful that there is a universal answer for this. This is a personal decision which should be made with careful reflection and may depend on other support, severity of depression, and other risks. Depression can usually be treated with combinations of medication and therapy, but there are also new treatments. Talking to a good psychologist/psychiatrist and exploring the anxiety WB wise. ...Read more

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What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

Exercise: Aerobic exercise will improve blood flow, loosen muscles and joints and improve your mood. Do it to music you like, ideally outside in a pleasant environment. Try swimming, it is low impact, or dancing, or gardening. Make sure you get enough sleep at night and avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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I have 3 children aged 2, 5, and 8. I am 29 and am in full swing surgical menopause. I live with chronic fatigue, night sweats and every other miserable menopause symptom you can imagine! I have severe clinical depression and anxiety. I have seasonal affe

I have 3 children aged 2, 5, and 8. I am 29 and am in full swing surgical menopause. I live with chronic fatigue, night sweats and every other miserable menopause symptom you can imagine! I have severe clinical depression and anxiety. I have seasonal affe

Unlikely: 29y fem. W. "menopausal" sx's/3 young children has "fatigue, night sweats, depression & anxiety". Ovarian waning unlikely & speculative. Symptoms correlate w. Fibromyalgia, FM. General med exam needed. If no physiologic findings see Rheumatologist. Oft FM symptoms result from primary lumbosacral dysfunction incited by multiple childbirths w. & w/o underlying Hypermobility Syndrome. See Osteopath. ...Read more

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How to help for chronic depression?

How to help for chronic depression?

SOULD BE ABLE TO: A medical examination is a reasonable start to eliminate physical causes like hypothyroid. Once physical causes are ruled out, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are the next step.
Start with doctor, follow with psychologist and or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chronic depression?

Is it possible to have chronic depression?

But at what cost?: We can't say it couldn't happen. But u might ask the same about a gaping wound: u might decide 2let the wound heal by itself, but if u have access 2any medical care, why take the chance? Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. "things do not change; we change." - thoreau. ...Read more

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Is depression common in children and teens?

Is depression common in children and teens?

Yes: Http://www. Childstats. Gov/americaschildren/health4.asp
http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/statistics/1mdd_child. Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more

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How are depression and chronic depression different?

Common language?: It sounds like your question uses some common language to describe a specific disorder. Depression (really major depression) can be determined to be a single episode (with no prior history of these symptoms). Chronic depression is characterized by multiple episodes or called major depression, recurrent). ...Read more

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What is the probability that chronic depression leads to schizoprenia?

Dep & schizophrenia: Are completely different disorders. Depression is a mood disorder. Schizophrenia is primarily a thought disorder. One does not lead to the other. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for chronic depression?

What treatments are there for chronic depression?

Chronic dep.: Psychotherapy, antidepressants, support groups, life style changes, meditation, yoga, dbs, ect, are some interventions. ...Read more

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Can children have depression?

Can children have depression?

Yes: children can experience depression. If you are concerned that your child is depressed, ask your pediatrician for a referral to a child psychologist. ...Read more

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I think I have minor depression?

I think I have minor depression?

Feel a little down?: Everyone gets depressed from time to time. It's a human emotion. It happens. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer, and is accompanied by loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite, weight, sleep, ability to think or concentrate, etc. It might be considered a major depressive disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help as can taking other actions. ...Read more

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How can I deal with depression as a minor?

How can I deal with depression as a minor?

Seek treatment ASAP: Medications and therapy have a higher likelihood of improving depression than either one of these treatments alone in adults.
Seeking treatment with a board certified child psychiatrist and possibly, a therapist, if that is his or her recommendation, would be the course of action, and as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I cope with depression as a minor?

How can I cope with depression as a minor?

Get help.: Let your parents or guardian know. A school counselor is another option. Trying to handle depression without help, is not a recipe for success. Take care. ...Read more

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How susceptible are children to depression?

How susceptible are children to depression?

See below: If we look at a 12-month period, the prevalence of depression is about 1% for pre-pubertal children and around 3% for post-pubertal adolescents. This is from a national guideline from the uk.

More information at:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0015779/. ...Read more

Chronic Minor Depression (Definition)

A mood disorder that does not meet the full criteria for major depressive disorder but at least twodepressive symptoms are present for two weeks. ...Read more