Information for Parents and Caregivers

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:  Many children have times when they are sad or down. Occasional sadness is a normal part of growing up. However, if children are sad, irritable, or no longer enjoy things, and this occurs day after day, it may be a sign that they are suffering from major depressive disorder, commonly known as depression.

Some people think that only adults become depressed. However, children and adolescents suffer from depression at any given time. By the end of high school, approximately one young person in five will have had at least one episode of depression.

Children and adolescents who are under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct, or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness.

Depression and anxiety can be caused by various traumatic experiences. 

Trauma Types: 



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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.