Parents need to consider depression

Depression affects children and adolescents, but is as much as 4X more common in adolescents.

What are some of the signs of this mood disorder:

  • overwhelming feelings of sadness 
  • loss of pleasure or hopelessness
  • school based problems
  • sleep problems 
  • difficulty concentrating
  • fatigue and low energy
  • changes in appetite
  • thoughts of death or suicide

In adolescents, your pediatrician can rule out a drug/alcohol problem or a hormone problem (ie decreases in thyroid function or hypothyroidism) with some simple laboratory tests before a diagnosis can properly be made. 

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