- What is depression and what causes it?
- What are the symptoms of depression?
- How is it diagnosed?
- What is the prognosis?
- What is the risk for other family members or future babies?
- What treatments/therapies/medications are recommended or available?
- How will my child and our family be impacted?
- How do children and teens experience depression?
- Are antidepressants safe in children and adolescents? I heard that they could cause suicidal thinking.
- What illnesses often co-exist with depression?
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
Are antidepressants safe in children and adolescents? I heard that they could cause suicidal thinking.
If you are unsure where to go for help, ask your family doctor. Others who can help are listed below.
Mental Health Resources:
- Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors
- Health maintenance organizations
- Community mental health centers
- Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics
- Mental health programs at universities or medical schools
- State hospital outpatient clinics
- Family services, social agencies, or clergy
- Peer support groups
- Private clinics and facilities
- Employee assistance programs
- Local medical and/or psychiatric societies
National Institute of Mental Health
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health menu for National Institute of Mental Health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Provides information about mental illnesses, links to state chapters, information about conferences, and links to additional resources.
Utah Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; provides advocacy and information about mental illnesses.
Mental Health America
National non-profit organization, with numerous local affiliates, dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Includes information on a variety of mental health topics in English and Spanish.
Understanding Depression (Kidshealth)
Depression is the most common mental health problem in the United States. Each year it affects 17 million people of all age groups, races, and economic backgrounds. As many as 1 in every 33 children may have depression; in teens, that number may be as high as 1 in 8.
The Depressed Child (AACAP)
Children and teenagers as well as adults may have depression, as well. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function and is treatable.
Children's Mental Health (Mental Health America)
A primary goal of Mental Health America is to educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness.
Depression and Other Disorders (SAMHSA)
Information about depression, anxiety disorders, and others.
Clinical depression is a brain disorder (mental illness) that affects the whole person-it affects the way one feels, thinks, and acts. Early-onset depression can lead to school failure, alcohol or other drug use, and even suicide. However, it is highly treatable.
Child Mental Health (Medline Plus)
Mental health problems can disrupt daily life at home, at school or in the community. Talk to your health care provider if you have concerns about your child's behavior.
Teen Mental Health (Medline Plus)
Being a teenager is hard. You're under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family, and make big decisions. Feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem. You might need help if you have the signs mentioned above.
Allies with Families
Provides emotional support, training, and resource information for families of children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health disabilities; also includes workshops for siblings.
Teens & Young Adults (NAMI)
What families need to know about adolescent depression, by NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
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|Contributing Author:||URLEND Trainees, 2011-2012 - 3/2012|
|Reviewing Author:||Thomas G. Conover, MD - 3/2012|
|Content Last Updated:||11/2015|