Consider sharing this video with your parents to help raise awareness and make childhood depression, not a stigma.
The percentage of adults who experienced any symptoms of depression was highest among those aged 18-29 (21.0%), followed by those aged 45-64 (18.4%) and 65 and over (18.4%), and lastly, by those aged 30-44 (16.8%). Depression can affect as many as 3% of American children, and as high 8% among adolescents. The condition is significantly more common in boys under age 10. But by age 16, girls have a greater incidence of depression.
A child’s sadness does not necessarily indicate that they are suffering from depression. If the sadness is persistent or interfering with family, social, and school activities, it could be a sign that they are suffering from a depressive disorder. It is possible to treat depression, even though it can be a serious condition.
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Cleveland Clinic. “Depression in Children: Symptoms, Suicide Signs & Treatment.” Cleveland Clinic, 17 Nov. 2020, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14938-depression-in-children.
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Schimelpfening, Nancy. “What Parents Should Know About Childhood Depression.” Verywell Mind, 25 Mar. 2020, www.verywellmind.com/childhood-depression-1066805.
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