b”Children and Childhood Depression (page 2)
CHILDREN AND DEPRESSION – Page 2 Know the Facts Recent studies show that at any given time, as many as one in every thirty-three children may have clinical depression. The rate of depression among adolescents may be as high as one in eight (Center for Mental Health Services). Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attention learning, or conduct disorders are at higher risk for depression. Early diagnosis and medical treatment are essential for depressed children (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). Incidence of depression and the associated risk of suicide increase significantly during adolescence (National Association of School Psychologists). Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-14 year olds (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). Less than one-third of the children under age 18 with a serious emotional disturbance receive any mental health services. Often the services received are inappropriate (Children’s Defense Fund). Because depression may coexist with other disorders such as Anxiety Disorder(s) and Attention Deficit Disorder, recognizing and diagnosing childhood depression can be difficult (National association of School Psychologists). Depression is one of the most treatable mental illnesses. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for depressed children and can lead to better long-term health (National Mental Health Association).
Parent should note the behaviors that concerns them, how long they have been going on, how often they occur, and how severe they seem. Then, seek the advice of the child’s pediatrician or family physician. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for depressed children and can lead to better long-term health.
For more information, contact your local Mental Health Association, pediatrician, school counselor, community mental health center or National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria VA 22314
American Psychiatric Association
Director of Public Affairs
Department Code NCDA-97
1400K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Depression and Related Affective Disorders Assoc.
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-7381
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
This fact sheet is generously supported in part by a grant from the William H. Donner Foundation. Copyright 1997 Return to First Page | Index Page”