A to Z: Depressionenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgDepression is a mood disorder that can affect people of all ages, including kids and teens. depression, depressed, mood, sad, sadness, despair, hopeless, mood disorder, bipolar, major, chronic, seasonal affective, disruptive mood dysregulation, dysthymia, manic, melancholy, feeling down, feeling low, psychotherapy, mental health, mental illness, bipolar, sad, seasonal affective disorder, mental disorders, depression in kids, depression in teens, therapy, therapists, suicidal, suicide, psychosis, psychotic, hopeless11/13/201303/25/201909/02/201924673179-aa72-46cf-aa74-0a2cf4fb8eebhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-depression.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-depression.html/">Depression </a>is a <strong>mood disorder</strong> that can affect people of all ages, including kids and teens.</p> <p>The main sign of depression is a mood that's sad, discouraged, irritable, or hopeless &amp;mdash and that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer. Another sign a kid might have depression is negative thinking. This includes focusing mostly on problems and faults, being mostly critical and self-critical, and complaining a lot.</p> <p>&gt;Depression can interfere with <strong>energy, concentration, sleep</strong>, and <strong>appetite</strong>. Kids with depression may <strong>lose interest</strong> in activities and schoolwork, seem <strong>tired</strong>, give up easily, or <strong>withdraw</strong> from friends or family.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>It's normal for kids to feel sad, down, or irritated, or to be in bad moods from time to time. But when these feelings linger for a long time and limit a child's ability to function normally, it might be depression or a similar mood disorder.</p> <p>Doctors use different labels to diagnose mood disorders. These mood disorders all have depressed mood as a main symptom:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Major depression</strong> &mdash; an intense episode of depression that has recently developed and has lasted for at least 2 weeks</li> <li><strong>Chronic depression</strong> (also called dysthymia) &mdash; a milder depression that has developed more gradually, and has lasted for 2 years or longer</li> <li><strong>Adjustment disorder with depressed mood</strong> &mdash; depression that has developed after an upsetting event (anything from a natural disaster to a death in the family)</li> <li><strong>Seasonal affective disorder</strong> &mdash; a depression that is related to light exposure, and develops when hours of daylight are shorter; for example, during winter months</li> <li><strong>Bipolar disorder</strong> (also called manic depression, bipolar depression) &mdash; a condition that includes episodes of major depression and, at other times, episodes of mania</li> <li><strong>Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder</strong> &mdash; a pattern of intense, frequent temper tantrums, outbursts of aggression and anger, and a usual mood of irritability that has lasted for at least a year in a child older than 6</li> </ul> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Treatment for kids and teens with depression and other mood disorders usually involves <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/">therapy</a> (counseling with a psychologist or other mental health provider). Doctors and psychiatrists also can prescribe medicines for kids age 8 and older if they think these are needed. When depression is recognized and treated, kids and teens usually start to feel and do better.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
5 Ways to Help Yourself Through DepressionIt's important to take action against depression - it doesn't just go away on its own. In addition to getting professional help, here are 5 ways to feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/depression-tips.html/55fdf5eb-0627-463c-94e2-a43d7822d692
A to Z: Bipolar DisorderLearn about depressive disorders, mental illnesses, and conditions that affect moods and the brain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bipolar.html/46a32e47-b9c0-4e68-8fbb-a15bd885fd9d
A to Z: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)Learn about personality disorders and complications of mental illness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bpd.html/a4f6c5cf-b9e0-449f-84dd-972027b2e940
Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorders are one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders that affect the way a person's brain functions. Find out more about bipolar disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bipolar.html/4a2e14e8-c372-47a8-bb43-25d7dd9ff2a1
Body Dysmorphic DisorderFor teens, concerns about appearances often take center stage. But if these concerns are all-consuming, cause extreme distress, and keep them from doing and thinking about other things, it may be a sign of a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bdd.html/3b5b65b1-e6c4-4b4e-a981-217770320b4a
DepressionDepression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/depression.html/313901c9-c72a-4f03-831b-94ab61da2856
Finding Low-Cost Mental Health CareIf you need mental health care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free mental health care in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mhealth-care.html/1d8bc05d-7696-4dda-910b-0d06f3855508
Going to a TherapistWhat's it like to go to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/going-to-therapist.html/98f4f29c-08f9-42ae-84d2-a492759ee506
Postpartum DepressionIt's important for new mothers – and those who love them – to understand the symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ppd.html/52f73cb1-1d31-49c5-9092-e1fce051d1ed
Sadness and DepressionEveryone is sad once in a while. But depression is a sadness that goes on too long and hurts too much. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/depression.html/f5bae932-e007-4fc5-b712-271e8bdff1ab
Seasonal Affective DisorderSeasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects some people and appears at the same time each year.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sad.html/f0ec366a-8c3f-4ea3-9a99-fdac5f060951
Taking Your Child to a TherapistMany children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/36c31f3c-0467-4e71-8c7e-c6274c9f2c8f
Talking to Parents About DepressionIf you feel depressed, you need to reach out for help and support. Read our tips for teens on talking to parents about depression.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/talk-depression.html/e9b2e976-c37c-4c41-82c4-90e6bffaf1ad
When Depression Is SevereSevere depression can cloud a person's thinking and lead some people to think that life isn't worth living. But severe depression can be treated. Find out what to do and how to get help in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/severe-depression.html/f8a6f7b0-feaf-499d-b2a1-ebdb48a21c3d
Why Am I So Sad?Feeling down? Got the blues? Everyone feels sad sometimes. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/sadness.html/c6213bde-43e4-470c-956a-ba3256bcadf0
Why Do People Get Depressed?There's no one reason why people get depressed - many different things can play a role. Find out more about the things that can trigger depression.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/why-depressed.html/d1e33cf3-a49d-4f8e-863b-f9423ee608d5