National Crisis Group Offers 10 Tips on Spotting Depression in Children
BETHLEHEM, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Between 17 and 20 million Americans are affected by depression each year, but even as thousands of sites across the nation are gearing up to screen people and educate them about the condition on National Depression Screening Day (October 11), experts are warning America not to forget a largely overlooked part of our population: children.
In the face of the highly publicized pressures kids face today and a doubling of the suicide rate among 10- to 14-year-olds in just 10 years, children's experts are warning that it is time to take depression in children seriously. The CDC recently reported that data for the most recent year available indicate the overall youth suicide rate jumped 8% in one year -- and a staggering 76% among young women.
"Many people don't expect that children, especially very young ones - five, six, or seven years old -- can be depressed," says Dr. Herbert Mandell, medical director of the 125-year-old national children's crisis charity KidsPeace and the KidsPeace Children's Hospital in Orefield, Pennsylvania. "In addition, people rarely spot depression in children because kids often don't show all the same, more familiar signs and symptoms we see in adolescents and adults."
To help parents, teachers, and others, KidsPeace has put together ten tips on some of the more commonly seen signs of depression in children: These tips, which are also available at http://www.kidspeace.org , include:
1. DEPRESSED CHILDREN DON'T ALWAYS "LOOK" DEPRESSED
One of the problems with identifying depression in young children is
that they don't always show depression in the way older people do.
Instead of looking visibly "sad" and "depressed," as adolescents and
adults often do, young children sometimes show little sign outwardly,
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