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Is depression common in children and teens?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. William Holmes
Agree - while less common than with adults, depression occurs more commonly than we would we like in both children and adolescents. Dr. Fox provides a good summary of possible differences in the way symptoms will present themselves in this population.
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