Aug 20, 2013
Post By: Children's Health
Did you know that most suicide attempts in children and adolescents occur in the midst of depression or other mood disorders? Even younger children can experience depression.
But how common is depression in children and adolescents? What depression warning signs should you look for as a parent? What can you do if your child is showing any of these signs?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) says on any given day about 2% of school-aged children and about 8% of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression. Even preschoolers have been known to show signs of depression, NAMI says.
Depression is more than just feeling blue or down in the dumps for a day or two. Instead, it is a change in usual behavior that lasts for several weeks.
Signs of depression that can be warning signs of suicide in children and teens include:
Learn more about Children's Medical Center's services for mood disorders such as depression in children and adolescents.
Graham Emslie, M.D., division director of Psychiatry Services at Children’s and an internationally known expert on psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, says that Children’s has the specialized ability to treat children and adolescents with mood disorders.
Dr. Emslie has this advice for parents curious about how to manage their child's depression symptoms:
*This post was updated on August 13, 2014.
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