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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

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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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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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Which is the most severe: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorder?

Which is the most severe: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorder?

Yes: That is like asking which flavor is better chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. There are degrees of severity for each of the conditions you mention. All of them can be debilitating. Likewise all of them can be successfully treated. ...Read more

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Can obesity end in depression?

Can obesity end in depression?

Although obesity: Does not cause depression, some obese people are content with their body, many are not. They may feel embarrassed or be socially less accepted by others and/or ostracized. This can contribute to and lead to depression. The physical complications of obesity (diabetes, heart disease, etc) and reduction of exercise can also contribute to depression. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience hypersexuality in mood disorders?

Is it common to experience hypersexuality in mood disorders?

Mood do: Bipolar disorders in manic or hypomanic phases can present with hypersexuality. ...Read more

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When do delusions in delusional disorders peak?

When do delusions in delusional disorders peak?

It depends: I suspect you have been waiting for an answer because your question is not clear. What do you mean by "peak?" if you are asking when symptoms are at their worst, it depends on the circumstances and on what is causing the delusions in the first place. ...Read more

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What kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?

What kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?

PANIC DISORDERS: They are always on the look out for anything to happen.Causes of panic attack are sometimes minor for them to react. ...Read more

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Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Hard to comment: I am not sure what you're asking. If you wonder whether delusions of grandeur can be linked to a mental disorder, the answer is yes. If you wonder whether your boss specifically is having these, only s/he and his/her psychiatrist know for sure. ...Read more

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Who experiences major depression most?

Who experiences major depression most?

Major depression: Lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorder is approximately 16.5%. Females are 70% more likely than males to experience major depression. The average age of onset is 32 years old. There is a genetic contribution, the specific genes have not been identified. It is thought that life stressors interact with this vulnerability to result in major depressive episodes. ...Read more

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Do symptoms of bipolar disorder commonly show during childhood?

Do symptoms of bipolar disorder commonly show during childhood?

Yes, but different: Children don't usually get the same cycle symptoms that adults get. For instance, manic episodes in childhood are not always the sleepless, risk taking, grandiose life of the adult person in a manic phase. They are usually irritable and aggressive instead. Also, moods can cycle very rapidly from one end to another, even within minutes. To complicate things further, adolescents are all of the above. ...Read more

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How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

Can vary: An untreated manic episode can last anywhere from a few weeks to even months. If the person has rapid cycling bipolar, their mood can cycle several times a day. ...Read more

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Can clinical depression develop into psychosis?

Can clinical depression develop into psychosis?

Psychotic features: Depression with psychotic features is characterized by paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions of inadequacy. ...Read more

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How come antidepressants cause mania in bipolar patients?

They increase mood: Typically, antidepressants cause an increase in mood and energy because a common symptom of depression is fatigue, sleeping too much, feeling tired all the time and lacking energy. The problem is that the boost in mood from the anti-depressant can then lead to manic episode in bipolar disorder--which is being very, very high in mood and energy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do anxiety and bipolar disorder fall under the schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

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Do anxiety and bipolar disorder fall under the schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

Schiz.: Nope. Bipolar is a mood disorder. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder. Refer to my previous responses on these topics. ...Read more

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Could lamictal treat the manic or the depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder?

Mania: Yes, in many of my patients it is very effective in treating both symptoms of bipolar.Best. ...Read more

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How serious are the depressive phases in bipolar ii?

How serious are the depressive phases in bipolar ii?

Bipolar: Depends on how frequent they reoccur, how long they lasted, what treatment u r receiving, and what symptoms u r having during t5hose phases. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Can schizophrenia occur in a young child?

Yes, but rarely does: For reasons still poorly understood, schizophrenia is relatively rare until after puberty, but there are well-described cases in children as young as 4 years old. Aftter puberty, the risk rises, with the peak risk at 18-20. Research suggests this is related to major changes in brain architecture that occurs during puberty, but we still do not understand what causes the disorder. ...Read more

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