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Is it possible for a child or teen to get depression like adults do?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different.
Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms.

In brief: Yes
Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different.
Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Children and teens might get depressed.
The symptoms might be different and how they express themselves might be different. If you need help, find a provider specializing in treatment of children/adolescent.

In brief: Yes
Children and teens might get depressed.
The symptoms might be different and how they express themselves might be different. If you need help, find a provider specializing in treatment of children/adolescent.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Yes.
It is possible. Research shows that child and adolescent brain structures are less resilient to experiences of fear and stress than adult brains.
Child and adolescent depression often manifests as high degrees of sensitivity and irritability.

In brief: Yes.
It is possible. Research shows that child and adolescent brain structures are less resilient to experiences of fear and stress than adult brains.
Child and adolescent depression often manifests as high degrees of sensitivity and irritability.
Dr. Matthew Keener
Dr. Matthew Keener
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