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Signs of Childhood Depression May Surprise

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New research suggests the symptoms of depression among children are often different from those displayed by adults.

German scientists discovered children may not display signs of dejection or a lack of pleasure, two cardinal signs of mood disorders among adults.

Depending on the age of the child, the dominant features of depression may be weeping, irritability or defiance.

The signs of depression in infants are often screaming, restlessness, and weeping attacks for no clear reason.

Preschool children may behave irritably and aggressively, while schoolchildren may be listless and apathetic. The symptoms in adolescents become similar to those in adults.

Authorities believe up to 3.5 percent of children and 9 percent of adolescents in industrial countries are depressive. In particular, the risk of depression increases from the age of 12.

In a third of minors, the depressive symptoms subside within three months. However, in 80 percent of those affected, the symptoms may reappear and become chronic.

Professors Mehler-Wex and Kölch of Ulm University emphasize that psychotherapy and psychosocial therapy are typically indicated. The antidepressive fluoxetine can also be used.

Patients with a severe clinical course, a difficult family background or suicidal tendencies may have to be admitted to hospital.

Depressive minors often exhibit other psychological abnormalities. Thus, anxiety disorders and disorders in social behavior occur widely, followed by substance abuse and aggression.

In summary, the causes of depression are multifactorial. The decisive factors include hereditary, personality and environmental factors, particularly in early youth.

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posted August 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm


To Whom it May Concern,
Thank you for the insight into childhood depression. I particularly thank the German DRs. for pursueing the emotional problems of children today and the harsh realities included in the complex society of the 21st century.Please help keep us informed about any new discoveries and/or treatments for children and the ills involved for them as they approach new stages of development especially for those having a hard time growing up. It is very important for them to be understood.
Sincerely,
Joyce Kohr
beloitwlasm@yahoo.com



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