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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Overview)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal thoughts/plans require immediate help.


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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Basically yes: But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently. Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Overview)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal thoughts/plans require immediate help.


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How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

Worry: Depression puts everyone on edge. Something seems to be wrong, but what it is is not clear. This leads to worry. For kids especially the worry inevitably (really) leads to the thought that they might be the cause. So, reassurance that that is not the case is important. Also support, if you are not able to be as supportive all the time, make sure that others can fill in. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Depression

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...See more

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Depression (Tip)

Depression

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...See more

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What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

Not happy: Absence of happiness is ahedonia. This is common in young depressed pts. Irritability, aggressiveness, being withdrawn, oppositionality, tantruming, sleep disruption, poor eating, and sadness. If you suspect your child has depression, see your pediatrician for medical evaluation & referral if necessary. ...Read more

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I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

Encourage, Support: Make sure that your child has an environment of encouragement and support. Be aware of conflict in the child's life that would contribute to depression. Be sure your child receives adequate treatment. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Depression

Depression is not a weakness. It is common biological, psychosocial illness that is treatable. ...See more

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How would you diagnose depression by what?

By hx & exam: History & mental status exam no accurate lab tests available. ...Read more

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