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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

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In brief: Basically yes

But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently.
Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why.

In brief: Basically yes

But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently.
Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why.
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Dr. Alan Ali
More irritability in youngsters!
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Depression

By and large, yes, although in teenagers you may see more acting out behaviors which may involve excessive externalizing such as flagrant violations of the law.

In brief: Depression

By and large, yes, although in teenagers you may see more acting out behaviors which may involve excessive externalizing such as flagrant violations of the law.
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