13 doctors weighed in:

Depression in children common?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Childhood depression

Unfortunately, depression is vastly underdiagnosed.
It is more common than expected and presents as behavior disorders, attention deficits, school failure and diffiuclt interpersonal relationships.

In brief: Childhood depression

Unfortunately, depression is vastly underdiagnosed.
It is more common than expected and presents as behavior disorders, attention deficits, school failure and diffiuclt interpersonal relationships.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depression

Yes, it can be. When children cannot verbalize their feelings, and those feelings get bottled up and not discussed openly, depression and anxiety can easily occur. Much the same could be said about adults as well.

In brief: Depression

Yes, it can be. When children cannot verbalize their feelings, and those feelings get bottled up and not discussed openly, depression and anxiety can easily occur. Much the same could be said about adults as well.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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