All kids have their ups and downs, but if your child is unusually irritable, sad or withdrawn for a prolonged period of time she may be showing signs of depression. Depression is more than moodiness — it can affect all parts of a child’s life, including behavior, appetite, energy level, sleep patterns, relationships and academic performance. In this section you’ll find expert information on spotting and understanding different kinds of depression in children and adolescents, and how to get the most effective treatment for your child.
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- Should parents force kids with depression to do things they don’t want to do?
- Our daughter doesn’t accept her diagnoses of anxiety and depression, and we aren’t thrilled with the psychologist. Any suggestions?
- My daughter has been treated for depression, but it doesn’t seem to be working. What can we do?
- My child with depression is close friends with another girl who is depressed. Is this friendship unhealthy?
- My 8-year-old son always feels unwell and is very emotional. I am depressed, and our interactions are difficult. Please help.
- My 10-year-old son has become more sensitive over the last two years and now cries over almost anything. What can I do?
- I think my daughter, a college student, is depressed, but she says she’s fine. What do you recommend?
- How do you get a child who is living independently to get the help she needs?
- A child whose mother is hospitalized cries daily, disrupting the class. Should we pity her or demand that she perform?
- I’m 16 and I’m feeling like there is something wrong with me. I may be depressed but I’m not sure.