In this medical health video Dr. Maria Kovacs identifies the signs and symptoms that can help determine whether or not a child is suffering from depression.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as one in every 33 children and one in eight teenagers suffers from major depression. At a recent symposium organized by NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association, experts gathered to discuss mental health issues relating to children and adolescence. Dr. Maria Kovacs of the University of Pittsburgh discuss this debilitating childhood disease. Dr. Maria Kovacs: One of the ways in which childhood depression defers from adult depression is that this problem with moody children can also show irritability, crankiness, hard to get along with the child. This we do not see that much in adults. In addition to the mood, usually those children and adults who have depression, have other symptoms, they have trouble with the sleep. They either too much or they sleep too little. They have trouble with their energy level. Typically, they feel very tired. There also are changes in thinking such as thinking becoming hopeless and having a sense of worthlessness.