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Can you be classed as depressed if you under 16?
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Dr. James Huang
Family Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depression has no age limitations.
See your primary care physician who may run a few blood tests (thyroid and others) and may refer you to see a psychiatrist and/or a psychologist. If this is depression, a combination of medication and psychotherapy leads to good results.

In brief: Yes
Depression has no age limitations.
See your primary care physician who may run a few blood tests (thyroid and others) and may refer you to see a psychiatrist and/or a psychologist. If this is depression, a combination of medication and psychotherapy leads to good results.
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2 comments
Dr. William Holmes
It is always good to make sure there are no other medical illnesses causing or contributing to a depressed mood. However, depression among teens is not rare.
Dr. Benjamin Troy
It is also important to note that while some symptoms of depression are similar in kids/teens and adults, they can often be different. Teens who are depressed can be "irritable" more than sad, have multiple physical pains, see their grades fall, have changes in behavior (rule breaking, substance use), and change who they choose to have as friends.
Dr. Stephen Perret
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely!
Depression is not at all dependent on age and it definitely occurs in adolescents and children.
The diagnosis usually rests on someone having >2 weeks of several of the following symptoms: depressed (or irritable) mood, feeling less interested in life, problems sleeping, changes in appetite, poor concentration, suicidal thoughts and sometimes others.

In brief: Absolutely!
Depression is not at all dependent on age and it definitely occurs in adolescents and children.
The diagnosis usually rests on someone having >2 weeks of several of the following symptoms: depressed (or irritable) mood, feeling less interested in life, problems sleeping, changes in appetite, poor concentration, suicidal thoughts and sometimes others.
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