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Depression In Children
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 ...Read more
Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?
It may: Be a cause of reactive depression; however, some depressions have a more physiological basis and appear to be inherited. In the 2nd type, children may have grown up in homes with loving attentive parents but contracted depression from heredity (perhaps a grandparent suffered from depression). Also the degree of inattention can vary from occasional to severe lack of attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression Prevent: Spend time with your friends. If a religion, practice it routinely. Exercise - but do not overdo it. Insist on restorative sleep. Avoid anything more than infrequent alcohol intake. Emphasize happines, fun, and pleasure as part of your life goals. Mindful meditation practiced routinely helps. Being grateful, forgiving youself/others, engaging in flow experiences. Have clear goals and find meaning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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