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Depression in Children & Teens

Learn about depression in children and teens from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.

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So we understand that adults definitely have moments in life where they feel depressed. It's actually quite shocking that 2 out of 100 children is diagnosed with clinical depression, as well as 8 out of 100 teenagers are diagnosed. What we have to understand is what we commonly consider typical teenage angst, grumpiness, moodiness or irritability can actually be signs of depression. While adult clinical depression looks different than child clinical depression, we often think that it's something else that the child might be experiencing. What we have to know if left untreated, childhood clinical depression can manifest into significant, high-risk behaviors that are detrimental, difficulties with school, difficulty that carries on into adulthood.

If your child has been sad, moody, irritable, having difficulty sleeping for several months, it's time to get the help of a clinical professional. Childhood and teen depression is very treatable, and you want to intervene before other high-risk behaviors occur. While there's many different features of childhood and teenage clinical depression, this is some of the basic information that every parent should know.

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