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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

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 are typical signs of depression in teens?

What are typical signs of depression in teens?

Teen depression: Depression in teenagers may look like a bad child instead of a sad child. Teens may begin smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs. They may stop doing homework and academics may take a nose dive. Arguments with parents and siblings may increase. They may be irritable. A previously compliant teen may now become a defiant one. They may isolate from others ; stop participating in activities >>. ...Read more

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What is the chance of teens getting depression?

What is the chance of teens getting depression?

High incidence: Teens incidence of medical depression (not just sadness or moodiness of teenage) can be as high as 20 %. See national institutes of mental health article on the prevalence of depression in adolescents <http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8436689" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

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Can you please discuss names of the medications they put teens on for depression?

Medications : Teens can be started on the same antidepressants that adults take for though the dosage may be lower. Names of anitdepressants include lexapro, zoloft, celexa, prozac, Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin. It is important that teens be monitored closely on these medications as there can be an increased risk of suicide for some individuals. ...Read more

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Can teens develop depression for no obvious reason?

Yes: While one form of depression--reactive depression--is brought on by disturbing circumstances--many forms of depression come on without obvious source of anguish. A teen may only know he no longer ls like his old self and it feels awful. May be bored, restless, angry, sad, tearful, silent, sleeping, shouting, sullen, scared--or all of this by turns. You, a parent may be too. Be the adult. Get help. ...Read more

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Do you recommend any online chats or support groups for teens with depression?

Do you recommend any online chats or support groups for teens with depression?

It depends....: Online chat groups if appropriately moderated can be a helpful tool. I would look to a local hospital or to nami (a national organization dedicated to mental health) for guidance. But the important thing is that chat and support groups are not a substitute for meeting regularly with a therapist and/or their doctor. ...Read more

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I have heard of these depression and mental health clinics for teens- are these actual real places?

I have heard of these depression and mental health clinics for teens- are these actual real places?

Some larger: facilities have Child & adolescent behavioral health clinics. Some child specialists may have similar clinics. Take care. ...Read more

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Can being on Prednisone for more than a year cause depression in teens?

Can being on Prednisone for more than a year cause depression in teens?

Yes, among others: You need to talk openly w/ the Dr who prescribed to fully understand why they'd do such a risky thing. It may be the lesser of evils - but it's rarely done. If you don't get help, find another Dr ASAP - Also do NOT just stop! It MUST be tapered. Your body needs to readjust or it can fail!! Best wishes - it's important to do it right! ...Read more

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Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Are they any good online therapy for teens dealing with depression/drug problems?

Online Therapies: Please stay away from these! psychotherapy is a function of the relationship between doctor and patient, and you can't have that on line. ...Read more

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I lost my teens years du to anxiety disorders, depression etc. How do I prevent this in my teen?

I lost my teens years du to anxiety disorders, depression etc. How do I prevent this in my teen?

Anxiety: Make sure you seek professional help for your kids at soon as you notice any signs of depression or anxiety. There are no good data on whether "preventive" intervention would be beneficial. ...Read more

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