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Doctor insights on: Explaining Depression To Children

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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

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 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

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Can depression make you say things you dont mean to adults or children?

Can depression make you say things you dont mean to adults or children?

Depression: Yes, depression/anger/anxiety can make us all say things we don't mean. Have you yet considered psychotherapy to address what ails you? Consult with a reputable psychotherapist soon. ...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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I get v v angry and aggressive.i want to know how to control this behaviour.are this signs of depression..its effecting my children.i love them a lot.

I get v v angry and aggressive.i want to know how to control this behaviour.are this signs of depression..its effecting my children.i love them a lot.

Bless you for recog-: nizing that parental anger is detrimental to kids. Discipline wirh emotion is ineffective, as positive or negative attention reinforces behavior. See your primary care for referral to a psychiatrist to assess for unipolar or bipolar depression & discuss medical management & to a psychologist for therapy. Family therapy is a good idea, also, a safe way both to apologize & set behavioral limits. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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