Depression is a serious mood problem. It's normal for children to be moody or sad sometimes. But children who are depressed may be sad all the time. Sometimes they may seem grumpy or bored, or they may complain of stomachaches and headaches. They may feel hopeless, worthless, or guilty. They may have trouble concentrating, thinking, or making decisions. They may think a lot about death or suicide.
Counseling and education for the child and the family are usually the first steps in treating depression.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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