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I want to know the youngest age that a child can suffer from major depression?

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Can Be Young

There is a very low frequency of depression among preschool aged chlldren.
However, the incidence of depression is lower for children compared to adults. The percentage of depressed adolescents is only a little lower than in adults.

In brief: Can Be Young

There is a very low frequency of depression among preschool aged chlldren.
However, the incidence of depression is lower for children compared to adults. The percentage of depressed adolescents is only a little lower than in adults.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Typically, with children under age 5 or 6 years, depression occurs in the context of significant abuse or neglect; it rarely if ever is a result of "endogenous" depression, even in families with a heavy genetic risk for depression. After about age 8, endogenous depression becomes more common, and depression in general increases rapidly during teens, girls even more than boys.
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