depression, emotional stress, children/adolescents
Depression isn’t reserved only for adults. Depression can affect a child or teen’s appetite, sleep cycle, concentra¬tion, self-esteem, and relationships. It is not a child or teen being “difficult” on purpose, nor is it something the young person can “just snap out of.” Depression is a medical issue that must be addressed. Depression is linked to childhood and adolescent sui¬cides and runaways (National Mental Health Association). Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people aged 15 to 24 and the fifth leading cause of death in 5- to 14-year-olds. A child or teen that has gone through depres¬sion may be at risk for adult depression as well.
Daniels, Ann Michelle, "Thriving in Today's Times: Childhood and Adolescent Depression" (2009). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 445.
Updated June 2009