Depression in Children (cont.)
In this Article
- What are symptoms of depression in children?
- How can I tell if my child is suicidal?
- What are suicide warning signs in children?
- What causes depression in children?
- Can depression in children be prevented?
- How is depression diagnosed?
- What are the treatment options for depression in children?
- What is the long-term prognosis?
- Communicating with your teen
- Find a local Psychiatrist in your town
Although relatively rare in youths under 12, young children do attempt
Suicide is a serious problem within the teenage population. Adolescent suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and young adults in the U.S. It is estimated that 500,000 teens attempt suicide every year with 5,000 succeeding. These are epidemic proportions.
Suicide Warning Signs
Parents should be particularly vigilant for signs that may indicate that their child is at risk for suicide. Warning signs of suicidal behavior in children include:
- Many depressive symptoms (changes in eating, sleeping, activities)
- Social isolation
- Talk of suicide, hopelessness, or helplessness
- Increased acting-out of undesirable behaviors (sexual/behavioral)
- Increased risk-taking behaviors
- Frequent accidents
- Substance abuse
- Focus on morbid and negative themes
- Talk about death and dying
- Increased crying or reduced emotional expression
- Giving away possessions
What Causes Depression in Children?
As in adults, depression in children can be caused by any combination of factors that relate to physical health, life events, family history, environment, genetic vulnerability, and biochemical disturbance.
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