About Child/Teen Depression
It is sad and hard to believe, but children as young as 6 years old can struggle with depression. However, depressed children and teens often will not complain of ‘being sad’ or demonstrate the same symptoms as an adult who has depression.
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How can I tell if my child has Depression?
You may notice that their mood changes and they:
- Become loners.
- Don't want to participate in their normal activities.
- Don't want to hang out with friends.
- Become very sensitive.
- Can't handle feedback or criticism.
- Begin to do poorly in school.
- Sleep a lot more than normal.
- Stay up all night and be sleepy during the day.
As many as 1 in 6 teens have serious depression and teens that suffer with depression are likely to go through depressive episodes in their adult life. Unfortunately, many of the cases go unrecognized or untreated which can lead to dangerous behavior, such as drug/alcohol abuse and self-harm (e.g. cutting, suicide). However, research has shown that of the adolescents who DO receive treatment, about 80% of them have improved.
In Washington, teachers and counselors are reluctant to make the diagnosis of depression. Due to budget constraints, school administrators generally focus their concern and efforts on special needs programs. The pediatricians try to assure you that your child or adolescent will simply grow out it because the liability of diagnosing and treating depression in children and teens is complicated by many factors. However, you do need a specialized clinician for the evaluation and treatment of your child or teen.
So far, the FDA has only approved two medications (Prozac® and Lexapro®) to treat children and teenagers with depression. Unfortunately, these medications do not work for every patient and some cannot tolerate the side effects they experience. Additional treatment options in children and teens are essential. Fortunately, the FDA has now mandated that all new anti-depressant medications are to be studied in children and adolescents as part of the approval process.
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