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About two percent of school-aged children and eight percent of adolescents experience depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). While the number of boys and girls who are affected by depression is almost equal in childhood, these statistics change as children get older. By the time children reach adolescence, twice as many girls as boys are diagnosed with the mood disorder.
According to NAMI, the following signs and symptoms may indicate that your child is depressed, prompting you to take him or her to a doctor for evaluation:
Similar to adults with depression, psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," as well as prescription antidepressant medications have been shown to be effective in treating depression in children and adolescents.
Before deciding to treat with prescription medications, it’s very important to learn more about the potential side effects of these medications. For example, in 2004 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning on antidepressants. This warning informs about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in a small percentage of people who take these medications.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Health
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