Depression in children is a serious mental health condition that affects a child's emotional, behavioral, and social functioning.

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Major depression is a persistently sad or irritable mood that affects a child’s thinking and behavior at home, in school, and with peers.

It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness, which can interfere with a child's ability to function normally and engage in activities they once enjoyed.

Common symptoms of depression in children may include:

Persistent sadness, irritability, or tearfulness

Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed

Changes in appetite and sleep patterns

Fatigue or low energy

Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

Social withdrawal or isolation

Physical complaints, such as headaches or stomach aches, that do not have a medical cause

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Depression in children can present differently than in adults, and it may be harder to recognize.

Children may not have the vocabulary to express how they feel, or they may not understand what they are experiencing. As a result, symptoms of depression in children may be more behavioral than emotional.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 10 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 experience major depression in a given year. It is on the rise in both children and adolescents. With early onset, childhood and adolescence depression can predict future episodes of depression into adulthood. Early and consistent treatment can help to lessen the risk of recurrence and reduce the severity of symptoms while improving functioning and well-being.

If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing depression, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can evaluate your child and provide appropriate treatment, which may include therapy and/or medication.

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Our therapists will determine if tele-health therapy is an appropriate option for your individual needs and circumstances.