Sunday, 5 February 2017

Recognizing Childhood Depression

Approximately 3 to 5% of children and adolescents are affected by major depression. In addition, at any given time, approximately 15% of children and adolescents demonstrate some symptoms of depression (out of which around 5% qualify as major depressives). The prevalence rate increases after puberty. It is believed that by the age of 14, depressive disorders are twice as common in girls as in boys. This can have a negative impact on their growth and development, family and peer relationships and school performance. Major depression is also a leading cause of suicidal behavior and suicide. Childhood depression can have a

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