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Depression

Depression in Children & Adolescents

Episodes of depression in children appear to last six to nine months on average, but in some children they may last for years at a time. When children are experiencing an episode they do less well at school, have impaired relationships with their friends and family, internalize their feelings and have an increased risk for suicide. To ignore these warning signs and hope for the best while the child tries to cope is a risky decision. There are effective treatments for youth depression. continue

Download the Depression in Children and Adolescent Fact Sheet as a PDF.

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A Family Guide: What Families Should Know About Adolescent Depression and Treatment Options

NAMIs Child & Adolescent Action Center
 

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