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Can kids get depression?
23 doctors weighed in

Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
12 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Children can get depression as well as adults, although they may not present with the same symptoms.
Both can experience changes in sleep and eating patterns, social withdrawal, depressed mood, or even suicidal thoughts. In children, also look for someone who doesn't take pleasure in things they used to enjoy, lots of headaches or stomach aches, or even hallucinations if severe enough.

In brief: Yes
Children can get depression as well as adults, although they may not present with the same symptoms.
Both can experience changes in sleep and eating patterns, social withdrawal, depressed mood, or even suicidal thoughts. In children, also look for someone who doesn't take pleasure in things they used to enjoy, lots of headaches or stomach aches, or even hallucinations if severe enough.
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
If you're concerned, talk with your child's pediatrician or family physician about those concerns.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Children often manifest depression in the form of irritability :Look for a change in functioning that is markedly different than previous as a warning sign as well.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The way they show it is not always the same way as adults.
They often present with oppositional behavior, self destructive behavior, eating disorders or impulsiveness .

In brief: Yes
The way they show it is not always the same way as adults.
They often present with oppositional behavior, self destructive behavior, eating disorders or impulsiveness .
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depression in children is even more vicious than in adults, because the child may simply be unable to escape an impossible situation, and have no reasonable prospect for escape anytime soon.
The family may keep its cruelty and dysfunction hidden, or the child may be silent about the bullying at school. Intervention, not prozac, (fluoxetine) is often most helpful.

In brief: Yes
Depression in children is even more vicious than in adults, because the child may simply be unable to escape an impossible situation, and have no reasonable prospect for escape anytime soon.
The family may keep its cruelty and dysfunction hidden, or the child may be silent about the bullying at school. Intervention, not prozac, (fluoxetine) is often most helpful.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
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In brief: Yes
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Dr. Shalini Sethi
Dr. Shalini Sethi
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes.

In brief: Yes
Yes.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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