Depression in children and teens is a growing problem that
often goes unrecognized and untreated. Depression affects young people from all
races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Before puberty, depression
occurs equally in boys and girls. After puberty, girls are
two to three times more likely than boys to experience depression.1
Depression lasts an average of 8 months in children and adolescents. Even with
treatment, at least half of those children and adolescents with depression
suffer another depression episode.2
children and adolescents are at higher risk for developing depression, such as
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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(2007). Practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children and
adolescents with depressive disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(11):
April 5, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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