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Does depression affect a child's IQ score?
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In brief: Yes
But only temporarily.
When a person is depressed they very often don't really care much about the outside world. So, they may seem "dull" or "slow." but that goes away as the depression gets better.

In brief: Yes
But only temporarily.
When a person is depressed they very often don't really care much about the outside world. So, they may seem "dull" or "slow." but that goes away as the depression gets better.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Glen Elliott
IQ tests rely on the child's ability to answer questions. Anything that interferes with that ability can lower the score. That does not mean that intelligence is lower, just that the test isn't accurately measuring it.
Dr. Jay Shapiro
We have known for years about a condition called pseudo-dementia. It is a reversible impairment in cognitive functions directly related to clinical depression. In a way, the more depressed we are, the "dumber" we behave. Luckily, this reverses when the depression is properly treated. It is temporary. Get treatment for the child ASAP.
Dr. Catherine Spitz
Clinical Psychology
In brief: It can
Depression has a way of effecting everything in our lives.
Depression can slow down processing speeds and impair memory. Severe depression in the elderly has been known to appear dementia-like. Please bring your child to a psychologist or psychiatrist that specializes in children.

In brief: It can
Depression has a way of effecting everything in our lives.
Depression can slow down processing speeds and impair memory. Severe depression in the elderly has been known to appear dementia-like. Please bring your child to a psychologist or psychiatrist that specializes in children.
Dr. Catherine Spitz
Dr. Catherine Spitz
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Depression
Depression in children can lower an iq score dramatically, for a number of reasons.

In brief: Depression
Depression in children can lower an iq score dramatically, for a number of reasons.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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