Factsheet: Childhood Depression: Tips for ParentsAll children “feel blue” from time to time, have a bad day or are sad. However, when these feelings persist and begin to interfere with a child’s daily life, depression could be the cause.
It is important to understand that depression is not a personal weakness, a character flaw or a mood that a child can simply “snap out of.” Depression is different from feelings of grief or sorrow that follow a major loss, such as a death in the family. It is a common mental health problem that affects people of all ages, including children. In fact, according to the Center for Mental Health Services, as many as 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 teens have depression. Fortunately, depression is very treatable.
What can parents do if they suspect their child may have depression?
mpower - Mental Health America's web site especially for teens and young adults
For More Information:For help finding treatment, support groups, medication information, help paying for your medications, your local Mental Health America affiliate, and other mental health-related services in your community, please contact us.
If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance.
Page last updated: 3/6/2009